Monthly Archives: July 2012

Practice Notes – Dealing with the Spanish

For six of the last seven months I’ve been working over a fencer of the Spanish school. Though he is taller, and has a longer reach, my greatest difficulty was deciding if I wanted to throw a stocatta to the … Continue reading

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Capoferro Chapter 7 – Of the body

When resting in guard or seeking measure, the body slopes backwards and the right thigh is barely visible. The left shoulder aligns with the left foot while the right shoulder divides the pace of the guard in half. The goal … Continue reading

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Capoferro Chapter 6 – Of the head

The edge should form a straight line together with the sword so that you can see all the stillness and movement of the sword and of the adversary. In this fashion you will immediately recognize what needs to be defended … Continue reading

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Capoferro Chapter 5 – Tempo

The word tempo refers to the amount of time it takes to perform an action or the amount of time you spend not doing anything at all. There’s no fixed length for tempo, the concept is based entirely around what … Continue reading

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Codex Wallerstein Longsword – Plate 8

The topic of this lesson is “strength”. Next, you to strike someone with a downward cut at his sword but he was stands it: go high behind him with your sword against the weak part of his sword so that … Continue reading

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Liechtenauer 51-69 – The Zornhau, The Strike of Wrath

The strikes at you from above, threaten with the point of the Zornhau.If he becomes aware of it, taken away above and drive on.Be stronger against: turn, thrust. If he sees that, be done.Memorize this: strike, thrust, position – soft … Continue reading

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Fabris Chapter 6 – On Flinging the Sword, Dui Tempi Actions, and Beats

Flinging the Sword Fabris seems to be advocating for relatively slow, measured attacks. He gives numerous reasons for why you shouldn’t “fling” your sword. A fast, jabbing action lacks the control and accuracy of a normal thrust, especially in a … Continue reading

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Fabris Chapter 5 – Measure and how to gain it

Misura Larga – Wide Measure Misura Larga or “wide measure” is when you can wound your opponent by taking a step with the right foot. To obtain wide measure, start by forming a counter-posture just outside of his measure. Advance … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Rapier – Dempffhauw, the Suppressing Cut

Like the first scalp cut, the suppressing cut is a reaction to a cut thrown during the onset. When you see your opponent raise his sword in preparation for the cut, you do likewise. At the same time, you take … Continue reading

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