Monthly Archives: December 2013

Camillo Agrippa – What if he does… when I’m in Prima?

Fencing students love to ask “What if he does…” This was just as true in Agrippa’s day as it is in ours. So right from the beginning he answers that  question for a variety of scenarios. What if he beats … Continue reading

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Camillo Agrippa – Seconda Guard Analysis

  Feet are close together and inline Left heel is slightly raised Left foot is turned out Both knees are forward of the feet The body is inclined forward The right arm is extended The eyes are looking just over … Continue reading

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Camillo Agrippa – Prima A Guard Analysis

    The feet are close together, the right slightly in front The feet are pointed forward The heel of the left foot is raised The knees are over the toes The body is inclined forward so that the left shoulder … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Alber Guard Analysis

Left foot is turned slightly out. Right foot is turned out, but not quite 90 degrees. Right foot is flat on the ground. Left foot (blue line) is to outside of the opponent’s feet (red lines). Body forms a straight … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – vom Tag Guard Analysis

Feet (red lines) are in line. Back foot is in-line with leg, right foot nearly straight. Back leg is straight, front knee is bent so lower leg is straight. Loose grip with right hand. Tighter grip with left hand. Left … Continue reading

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What is a master in the context of Western Martial Arts?

Before I offer my opinion, I would like to start with an objective definition of what comes before. When someone starts their education in a guild system they are known as an apprentice or scholar. At this stage they are … Continue reading

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Stepping into Meyer’s Guards

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately reworking my interpretation of Meyer’s guards. One of the things I just noticed is that it is much better to walk into a guard than to assume a guard. Assuming a guard … Continue reading

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Fiore’s One-Handed Sword – Third Play

Here is the illustration for the second play. It arises from the false edge parry shown two days ago. Red: The base lines show that the master has a long, somewhat narrow stance. His opponent has a wide stance and … Continue reading

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Sword Sheath for Blunted Feder

I’m done making the new core for my longsword sheath. I think I’ve finally got a repeatable process that doesn’t require hand-carving the slot and groove. Here it is doing a hang test. And with a quick shake, Straight to … Continue reading

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Fiore’s One-Handed Sword – Second Play

Here is the illustration for the second play. It arises from the true edge parry shown yesterday. Red: The base line shows a narrow, almost inline, stance. Green: The left foot is turned slightly inwards. The master is on the … Continue reading

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