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.

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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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Talhoffer 1467, Plate 3

The Attack – Interpretation 1 Imagine the fencer on the left in Left Pflug. From this position it is quite natural to throw a thrust at the face or neck. The fencer on the right is prepared for this can … Continue reading

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The simplicity of the “Vor” « Hans Talhoffer

A series on the concept of imitative and why it isn’t as simple as just being the first to strike. The simplicity of the “Vor” « Hans Talhoffer

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Henri de Sainct Didier on Drawing the Sword

  Henri de Sainct Didier also spends a number of pages describing three methods for drawing the sword at the start of an engagement. Each of his lesson exemplars starts with text which says “after having drawn the sword in … Continue reading

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