Monthly Archives: August 2012

Meyer’s Dagger – The Guards

Before starting any work with the dagger one must read the article Knife fighting lies. Even more than other weapon forms, Medieval dagger work is about short brutal. Surprise is often more important than technique and many fights will start … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Rapier – Schielhauw, The Squinting Cut

The Schielhauw for rapier begins with our fencer in the “high guard for the cut”. When the opponent throws a cut to either side of the body, step away from it. At the same time, cut at the forte of … Continue reading

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Angelo Viggiani – Were Rapiers Sharp or Blunt?

Angelo Viggiani opens his discussion on learning to fence with an arguement about the construction of swords. Argument for sharp on one side only The sword will be stronger and safer You can use your left hand to increase the … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Glützhauw, The Clashing Cut

Essentially the Glützhauw or Clashing Cut is a Zwerch. But instead of striking with the edge on edge, you hit his blade more with your flat. You then ride his edge down his blade until your short-edge makes contact with … Continue reading

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Camillo Agrippa – Chapter 4, Responses while in Prima

Below are various ways a foe may try to unsettle Agrippa’s prima and the matching responses. Mandritto – Option 1 Lower your point slightly without moving your arm. Aim for his right side, rotate your wrist and attack by stepping … Continue reading

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Camillo Agrippa – Chapter 4, The Crooked Arm and the Wide Step

Agrippa notes that some masters encourage that one should bend the arm when in what he calls Prima. He is very much against this for a number of reasons: The straight line is longer and quicker With the arm extended, … Continue reading

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Camillo Agrippa – Chapter 3, More Geometry

In Agrippa’s day the primary concern was defending oneself from a cut. In order to better facilitate this, one would hold the arm somewhat back and at an angle to cover more of the body. Agrippa is primarily concerned with … Continue reading

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Camillo Agrippa – Chapter 2, Geometry

It may look complicated at first glance, but this diagram is actually quite simple. The purpose is to show how to lunge using geometry. As the body and knee inclines the body travels along a straight line. The letters A … Continue reading

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Camillo Agrippa – Chapter 1, The Four Guards

Agrippa is responsible for reducing the multitude of guards used in medieval fencing down to four numbered guards. While this was quite radical in 1553, by the time we get to the early 1600’s the old system of named guards … Continue reading

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Camillo Agrippa – Introduction

In Agrippa’s day, fencing as a martial skill was already in decline. He laments that the use of artillery precludes the normal means by which one earns military honor. So instead he focuses on the sword as a dueling weapon, … Continue reading

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