Monthly Archives: February 2012

Liechtenauer 31-38

Liechtenauer writes, Before and After, these two thing, are to all skill a well-spring. Weak and Strong, Indes – that word – always remember. So should you learn with skill to work and defend. If you are scared willingly, no … Continue reading

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Fiore Text Translation by Tom Leoni

Fiore Text Translation by Tom Leoni : Darkwood Armory!, Art in steel

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Liechtenauer 28-30 cont.

According to Ringeck, Liechtenauer is specifically talking about the first cut in the engagement. The concern is that if a right hander cuts from the left he may be find himself in a bind in the left, which is disadvantagous … Continue reading

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Liechtenauer 28-30

Continuing with Liechtenauer, we see this passage: Listen to what is wrong,do not fight above the left, if you are rightand if you are left, on the right you limp as well. Interpretation 1 My first guess was, “If you … Continue reading

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Fabris Chapter 3

Fabris divides the sword into four equal sections, the first being the closest to the hand. The first is the strongest and most useful for parries. The second, while not as useful, can still be used if it meets in … Continue reading

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Fabris Chapter 2

There are four guards because there are four perspectives of the sword, the two flats and the two edges. The first guard is the natural position of your hand when drawing the blade. (NOTE: SCA fighters really should be required … Continue reading

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Principals for the Instruction of the Broadsword, 1869

This text was written by A. J. Corbesier, sword-master of the U.S. Naval Academy, and published in 1869 by the authority of Vice Admiral Porter. While titled “broadsword”, the text refers to the weapon as a saber. Terminology Like many … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Guards Part 4 of 4

The low guards. Alber –Fool [Master Guard] Meyer does not like this guard. While other masters seem to imply the person attacking is the fool, Meyer bluntly states that he thinks the fool is the one who is using the … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Guards Part 3 of 4

The middle guards. Langort – Longpoint This is a transitional guard through which many cuts and thrusts pass. One does not often linger in this guard. Note that the right foot is forward. Pflug – Plow [Master Guard] This master … Continue reading

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