Monthly Archives: January 2014

Practice Notes: Rapier and Rotella

This was an Adrian Empire practice, so hands, wrists, knees, and lower-legs are off limits. Thrusts are to the lightest touch and all cuts are allowed as long as they are with the edge. We were using complex hilts, but … Continue reading

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Crossing the Feet in Fabris

Continuing on the theme of crossing the feet, here is an illustration from Fabris. From the perspective of the sword, and the opponent, and the direction he is looking, the feet are crossed. But wait you say, if you draw … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Dagger – High Left Parries from the High Guard

The second play also begins from the high guard, but is used against downward blows. Meyer instructs us to catch the opponent’s arm in the crook of your dagger and wrist. It may seem natural to do this with an … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Dagger – Left Parries from the High Guard

The first play for Meyer’s dagger assumes that both fencers are using reverse grips and that you are in Oberhut, the High Guard. This parry is against thrusts to your left side. With the point down, catch the opponent’s wrist … Continue reading

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Manciolino’s Sword and Buckler – Guardia di Testa Third Provocation (including advice for left-handers)

Provocation Or pretend to attack with a mandritto, but throw a riverso. Counter If, however, he throws a mandritto, you will go with your sword into guardia di faccia. And when he turns a riverso at you, either high or … Continue reading

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Manciolino’s Sword and Buckler – Guardia di Testa First Provocation

The provocation throw a mandritto to his face, or flanks, or if you wish, to his leg. The response against the mandritto to the flank, leg, or face, you can withdraw your right foot behind your left into large pace, … Continue reading

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Crossing your feet from Agrippa’s Seconda

Though it is often said that we should never cross our feet, there will be times when the manuals specifically tell us to. Here is one example from Agrippa.

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Camillo Agrippa’s Sword in Each Hand – Video Lesson 1

I’ve been rather annoyed lately by the recent videos that ask questions such as “Dual wielding swords – viable strategy or impractical fantasy?”. Of course it is a viable strategy. If it wasn’t we wouldn’t see so many historic fencing … Continue reading

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On Footwork

A medieval child learns to spar from the day he can pick up a stick. He needs no instructor or manual to learn how his body works. If I’ve learned anything in the last decade it is that one can’t … Continue reading

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