Monthly Archives: February 2012

Meyer’s Cutting Diagram

Future posts will refer to this diagram

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This History of the Dusak

So it seems that the Dusal is actually a tool known as a “scutching knife” and was originally used for the production of flax. The Country Gallery – Flax Tools

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Homemade Dusacks

Homemade Dusacks by Chris Slee. Unfortunately he didn’t publish his pattern so I’m going to have to start by buying a commercial version.

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Counter-Posture Training Exercise

This exercise is based on chapter 4 of Fabris. Equipment: Swords and gloves. Protective gear is optional, as no attacks will be thrown. Requirements: Basic understanding of footwork and the four primary guards is helpful. Drill Have a teacher take … Continue reading

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Fiore dei Liberi’s Armizare: The Chivalric Martial Arts System of Il Fior di Battaglia

Fiore dei Liberi’s Armizare: The Chivalric Martial Arts System of Il Fior di Battaglia

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Fabris Chapter 4 – Forming the Counter-Posture

A counter-posture is a positioning of the body and sword so that there is no straight line your opponent’s point to your body. This way you can be assured that even if you don’t move he cannot attack you without … Continue reading

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Filippo Vadi – Introduction

Filippo Vadi’s greatest concern seems to the preservation of the art. He feels that after a lifetime of mastering the warlike arts it would be negligent for him to allow the knowledge to perish. He reiterates this point later when … Continue reading

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Filippo Vadi and the Author’s Humility

I was working on my notes for Vadi when I came across this passage, which concludes his introduction. And should this booklet of min fall into the hands of someone learned in the art, and should it seem to him … Continue reading

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Liechtenauer 43-50 – The 17 Techniques

There are 17 techniques that Liechtenauer promises to cover, starting with the five master strikes. Zornhau Krumphau Zwerchhau Schielhau Scheitelhau The guards are next. Liechtenauer only lists Alber, though Ringeck says that four guards will be covered. The four displacements … Continue reading

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Liechtenauer 39-42

Liechtenauer writes, Five strikes learnfrom the right hand against the opposition.Then we promisethat your arts will be rewarded. This the the prelude to talking about the five master strikes. While other strikes are important, as well as foot- and handwork, … Continue reading

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