Monthly Archives: April 2008

Liechtenauer, Notes on L16-27

For studying Ringeck, I am using both the Tobler and Lindholm/Svärd translations. Since they present the text in a different order, I am using Master Liechtenauer’s verse as a cross reference. Using the version found on pages 2-7 of Tobler, … Continue reading

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Final Thoughts on Edge vs Flat

In the article "Much Ado about Nothing", published in SPADA, Gregory Mele makes a very important point. You shouldn’t be parrying. According to him, the order of preference for German masters is thus: Attack first Void and attack simultaneously Counter-attack … Continue reading

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Fabris, Notes on Chapter 8

Parries are a demonstration of fear. The fear of being hit puts a person into obedience. If you can force someone to parry, you have an advantage over him. Because of this, some say parries are counter-productive. Fabris agrees, except … Continue reading

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Telegraphing isn’t necessarily a bad thing

In the same forum thread on flinging, I came across this claim: Now imagine that you don’t extend before you lunge. If, as you move forward, your opponent extends, he will likely be able to put his forte on your … Continue reading

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Fabris, Chapter 6 Update

On what it means to "fling" the sword There are two good descriptions of this in an forum thread hosted by the Order of Seven Hearts Flinging, as Fabris uses the term, applies to extending your arm as quickly as … Continue reading

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Fabris, Notes on Chapter 7

Terms There are four cuts listed by name, none are described. Mandritto Roverso Sottomano Montante There are four ways to throw a cut From the shoulder From the elbow From the wrist From the shoulder with a extended, stiffened arm … Continue reading

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Review: Talhoffer Poleaxe from Revival

As the name implies, this as designed to replicate the poleaxe used in Talhoffer’s fight book. First, a look at the axes in use. As you can see, there is a spear-like spike on the end, an axe-blade on one … Continue reading

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Fabris, Notes on Chapter 5-6

Chapter 5 Misura Larga The range in which you can strike by moving the right foot. Try to unsettle your opponent before closing measure, it is more dangerous if he is static. Once in measure, attack if he moves his … Continue reading

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Should I Parry with the Edge or Flat? Part 2

Before I talked about master’s who specifically called for parrying with the edge. Now here are some passages where the flat is used. So you are fighting someone with the falchion: if he strikes you, deflect it to the side … Continue reading

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Fabris, Notes on Chapter 4

Chapter 4 Counter-postures are formed such that, without moving, your opponent doesn’t have a direct line attack against you. This must be done without touching your opponent’s sword. While forming counter-postures, try to be subtle. It isn’t a counter-posture if … Continue reading

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