Monthly Archives: January 2012

Capoferro Chapter 2

Chapter 2 is essentially just summarizes the key points of chapter 1, especially the notion that fencing is the art of defending oneself with the sword. There is a note about watching out for those who, despite the extensive experience, … Continue reading

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Capoferro Chapter 1 – The Purpose of Fencing

3. The aim of fencing is the defense of self, from whence it derives its name; because “to fence” does not mean other than defending oneself, hence it is that “protection” and “defense”are words of the same meaning; whence one … Continue reading

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Talhoffer 1467, Plate 2 Right

Talhoffer labels this plate Wechselhieb. Also spelled Wechselhauw, this is known in English as the Change Cut. As I understand it, the change cut is simply used to change from one side to the other or from low to high … Continue reading

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Talhoffer 1467, Plate 2 Left

This guard appears to be Ochs or Ox.  Shown below are Meyer, Solothurner, and two from Mair.    According to Talhoffer’s caption, this guard is used to throw a Plunging Cut or Sturtzhauw. Meyer describes the Sturtzhauw as, Although this … Continue reading

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What is a Partisan?

Tom Leoni describes a partisan as: The origins of this weapons are unknown, although it is undoubtedly a variant of the traditional spear. It was in vogue between the 16th and 17th Centuries, used alone or in conjunction with the … Continue reading

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Fabris Chapter 1

Learn the lone sword first. Its principals and techniques will serve you well when you pick up the dagger; and for that matter any other weapon. If you are confident with it, you will learn any other combination that much … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Rapier – Guards Part 2

Pfluge – Plow Meyer describes Pfluge as a low thrust used as a posture. The quillons are horizontal and the point aimed at the opponent’s belly. In this position you shall stand with your feet wide apart and with your … Continue reading

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Are tip cuts under used?

The straight parry of Italian rapier is designed primarily to defend against the straight thrust. So what would happen if you instead threw a series of tip cuts to the face? Since they will be coming from odd angles they … Continue reading

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The Organization of a Gentry Household: Alice de Bryene

Alice de Bryene was the widow of a knight banneret, with an income that, including in-kind consumption of food produced by her manors, was about 400 pounds a year. From the early 15th century to her death her home was … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Rapier – Guards Part 1

Oberhut/Oches – High Guard/Ox The High Guard on the sides is classified and executed in two forms, namely one for the thrust and, the other for the cut. Position yourself for it thus: stand with your right hand foot forward, … Continue reading

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