Monthly Archives: July 2012

Giovanni dall’Agocchie – First Assalto

The purpose of this kata is to teach the student how to step both forward and back while transitioning between guards. I have broken the prose into steps and highlighted the guards but have not changed the wording. Start:Suppose you … Continue reading

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Giovanni dall’Agocchie – High Guards

Next up is the high guards. Again, there are four primary guards and a few others mentioned in passing. Guardia d’alicorno: Unicorn guard, essentially prima/first Guardia di testa: Head guard, arm is well extended and online. Sword is angled diagonal … Continue reading

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Giovanni dall’Agocchie – Low Guards

Giovanni selects four low guards to focus on, but he does mention others. Coda lunga stretta: Sword outside the right side, right foot forward Coda lunga alta: Sword outside the right side, left foot forward Porta di ferro: Sword above … Continue reading

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Giovanni dall’Agocchie – Attacks

Giovanni uses the same basic cuts and thrusts we see in any Bolognese system. As a recap, they are: Mandritto: All cuts from the right Riverso: All cuts from the left Fendente: Vertical downward cuts Squalimbro: Diagonal downwards cut Tondo: … Continue reading

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Giovanni dall’Agocchie – Introduction and His Complaint about Modern Fencing Masters

Giovanni dall’Agocchie presents the first book of his Dell’Arte di Scrimia as a dialog between himself and Lepido Ranieri. I am primarily using the William Jherek Swanger translation. It begins with Giovanni attempting to convince Lepido of the importance in … Continue reading

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Practice Notes–Attack your Foe, not his Sword

Once again I tried to use Schielhauw, the Squinting Cut, and once again I failed. After much discussion we came the conclusion that my fundamental problem is that I was attacking the sword. If I throw the squinting cut with … Continue reading

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Peter Johnsson Part 3

Reconstruction of a Broken Sword First Guess Second Guess A rhythm of two and four And a vesica pattern Assuming the proposed length is correct, the vesica pattern gives us this: A New Sword Design Each sword has its own … Continue reading

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Peter Johnsson Part 2

A Specific Example from the Wallace Collection Modules refer to a system squares inside squares that was popular in the 14th century.

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Peter Johnsson’s ground-breaking theory on the design of the Medieval sword

Video streaming by Ustream http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/23612784 Geometry of the Sword Ten circles, overlapping though the center of each. A square around the first, and a equilateral triangle formed by the intersection of first and second circle. Lines starting at the base … Continue reading

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Learning to Weld Sword Hilts

The basic design I’m using starts with a pair of triangles. You can see them clearly in this dagger hilt. You can see many examples of this in the hilts offered by Darkwood Armory. First Attempt For my first attempt, … Continue reading

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