Monthly Archives: November 2012

Historical Pell

The pell is called a pendelziel or “hanging/pendulum target”, and it comes from Johannes Bierchenauwer’s 1556 treatise. — Jeremy Loose Advertisements

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The Dussack – a weapon of war

  It is my belief that the development of the dussack is a direct response to conflicts between the Austria-centred Habsburgian and the “Turkish” Ottoman Empires and especially the Battle of Mohács in 1526 and the Siege of Vienna in … Continue reading

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Practice Notes – Five Ways to Disengage

The first way to disengage is to simply loosen one’s grip so that the point drops. As soon as the blade clears the other side, close your hand and the point snaps back on-line. This works fine for short blades, … Continue reading

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Manciolino’s Sword and Buckler: Guardia di Faccia vs Langort

Continuing our thought from yesterday, can Langort be used as an interpretation of Guardia di Faccia? First the text, The third is called “guardia di faccia” which agrees with the previous one in two things, and differs in only one; … Continue reading

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Manciolino’s Sword and Buckler: Is Guardia di Testa the same as I.33’s Halpschilt?

Consider this description from Manciolino, The second is called “guardia di testa” which is made with equal and even extension of both arms toward the enemy in this fashion: that when you will have extended your fists, they will be … Continue reading

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Manciolino’s Sword and Buckler: Guardia Alta

There isn’t much to say about Guardia Alta. The stance can be narrow or wide, with either foot forward, just so long as the sword is held high and the buckler pushed out as far as it can go while … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Verfliegen or Flitting

Meyer writes, This happens thus: in the Onset or the middle of the work, when you cut at your opponent’s opening, and he goes against you to catch your stroke in the air, then do not let his blade connect … Continue reading

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