Monthly Archives: December 2013

Fiore’s One-Handed Sword – Basic Parries from the First Master

Here is the first posture for the use of one-handed swords. Red: Base line showing both feet are inline. This indicates a narrow profile, which would offer less of a target against thrusts. Orange: The leg lines show that the … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – First Device for Ochs, Attempt 1

Here is the Mike Rasmusson translation of Meyer’s first device for ochs, followed by my attempt to explain it. In the pre-fencing when you have come into the guard of the Ox through a plunge, then strike (as soon as … Continue reading

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Interpreting Fiore – The Distance Between the Feet is Important or The Swords were Long

In an article titled Size Matters, Guy Windsor agues that the length of the sword is important for the correct execution of the Fiore’s plays. He demonstrates that he cannot reach his opponent to enact the sword grab. Here is … Continue reading

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Interpreting Fiore – False Edge Cuts and Winding

Here is a zoomed in image of yesterday’s illustrations. Notice how the fingers on the right fencer are turned up. He is throwing a false edge strike, possible a Schillerhaw (Squinting Strike). The parry for this is done with the … Continue reading

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Interpreting Fiore – Where are the Feet?

Here we see the master stepping narrow. He lifts up his back heal to better absorb the shock. His opponent has stepped wide to the right. See how both are turned slightly towards his left, especially the lead foot. This … Continue reading

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Aluminum Rondel from Schola San Marco

These are not commercially available, but if you ask nicely the school may sell you one at cost.

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Pictorial Measurements of my Alchem Meyer

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Interpreting Fiore – Difficulty Levels

These are some notes from Schola San Marco’s Fiore Seminar in November 2013. The clothing and beards of the masters are used to indicate how difficult the play is. Here we see a clean-shaven master representing the easy, beginner level … Continue reading

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Interpreting Fiore – Crown and Garter

These are some notes from Schola San Marco’s Fiore Seminar in November 2013. Crown The crown represents the master who is introducing the start of a section. Garter The garter is used to indicate who is acting in the play. … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Analysis of Right Pflug

The left foot is turned slightly out. The right foot is more than 90 degrees back. The heels are in line with each other. The back is in line with the rear leg. The head is inclined upward. The front … Continue reading

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