Monthly Archives: April 2008

Fabris, Chapter 16

Against the shorter Base your advantage on your reach. Keep your sword free and don’t let him into his range. Stay on the offensive. If he closes, either attack or feint immediately. Then quickly retreat back out of his measure. … Continue reading

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Fabris, Notes on Chapter 15

Your body is larger than the sword, so it cannot cover all of it. None the less, cover as much as you can without awkwardness. Fabris is against standing up straight. He claims it is slower at offense and disunites … Continue reading

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Fabris, Chapter 14

Note: This pictures are not an exact match for the words, but they are close enough to fit within the broader categories implied by Fabris. Angle The blade is at an angle, the arm barely extended. The hand is in … Continue reading

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16th Century German Sport Fencing

I starting reading Forgeng’s translation of Meyer when I noticed something I though you might find interesting. The most of the book appears to be essentially a manual on the 16th century version of sport fencing. Consider what is shown … Continue reading

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Fabris, Notes on Chapter 13

Firm Footed Attack: An attack made by either advancing the forward foot and quickly withdrawing it, or by just bending the body. Pass: An attack in which you pass with both feet, continuing all the way into the opponent’s body. … Continue reading

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On the distance of the lunge

I have been working with Windsor’s conditioning exercises, especially the one for the knees. (Having a family history of knee problems and being somewhat overweight, fencing just adds a third risk factor to an already bad combination.) As I was … Continue reading

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Fabris, Chapter 12

A feint is when you show your opponent an attack in order to trigger a parry with the goal of throwing a second attack in the tempo of said parry. Some feint by stomping their foot, but that only works … Continue reading

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Fabris, Notes on Chapter 11

Cavazione de tempo: To avoid a beat by moving the sword from one side to the other. Contracavazione: To counter a cavazione with your own cavazione, ending on the same side you started. Ricavazione: To counter a contracavazione with yet … Continue reading

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Fabris, Notes on Chapter 10

Tempo only applies to actions taken within measure. If you are not close enough to wound or at least take some sort of advantage, you are just moving. A tempo is the time it takes to make an action with … Continue reading

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Fabris, Notes on Chapter 9

A true counter-posture covers the line. This means the line is completely shut out when in a proper counter-posture. You can find the sword without covering the exact line from the point to your body. The goal here isn’t to … Continue reading

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