Monthly Archives: May 2012

Filippo Vadi – Chapter 7

Thrusts are dangerous. They often cause the changing of stances and a touch causes harm. And that’s pretty much it; there are no real insights to be gleamed from this chapter. Advertisements

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Filippo Vadi – Chapter 6

This chapter enumerates the three types of cuts. Again, each can be performed deritto or riverso. Fendente: Downward cuts. These are useful for breaking low guards and can easily be mixed with Rota. Rota: Upward cuts. (Keep in mind that … Continue reading

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Filippo Vadi – Chapter 5

There are 7 strikes in Vadi’s system, 6 cuts and a thrust. The two fendente (downward cuts) and the rest of the deritto (cuts from the right) are done with the true edge. The horizontal reverso and upwards  reverso are … Continue reading

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Filippo Vadi – Chapter 4

There is a bit of a conflict about sword lengths in this chapter. First is says that when fighting a duel you should use matched swords, as to not give the other person an advantage in length. Almost immediately after … Continue reading

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Filippo Vadi – Chapter 3

The blows from the right side, known as “Colpi Dritto”, are used for defense. The blows from the left side, the “Riversi”, are used for attacking. (That sounds a lot like the dialogs of Angelo Viggiani.) Colpi Dritto should be … Continue reading

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Filippo Vadi – Chapter 2: Weapon Design for the Longsword

Vadi is quite explicit in his weapon design: Total length = Distance from the ground to the armpit Handle Length: The span of the hand – looks like wrist to fingertip in the drawings Cross-guard Width: Same as the handle … Continue reading

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Filippo Vadi – Chapter 1: Is Fencing Science or Art

Is fencing a science or an art? For Vadi there is little doubt, If someone would like to know and understand if fencing is an art or else a science I say that you should note my opinion. Consider well … Continue reading

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