Monthly Archives: March 2014

Military Smallsword Notes

Civilian weapon taught in a military context. Lightweight and easy to carry around town or in social circumstances. Little or no usable edge. Very stiff, triangular blade. If curved with an edge then it isn’t a smallword but rather a … Continue reading

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Fiore – Three Turns and Four Things

The three turns of the body: Stable Turn: Balls of the feet. Rotate around the centerline which doesn’t move. Really useful for grappling. Half Turn: Passing steps. Centerline moves in a straight line. Full Turn: Compass step. Centerline moves in … Continue reading

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You’ve just been hit, what do you do next?

So you’ve found yourself in an unexpected fight. Sure you have your sword with you, but no armor to speak of. One miscalculation later and you find an inch deep gash running the length of your left shoulder. What do … Continue reading

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Ways to make the oberhau more protective

Thrown incorrectly, the high cut with the longsword can leave you terribly exposed. Here are some suggestions to make the high cut a but safer and more effective. (And yes, I do realize that #4 and 5 are contradictory. If … Continue reading

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Making a Buckler for di Grassi

The bucker di Grassi recommends has a metal ring nailed onto it in order to capture and break blades. There is no illustration, but I imagine it to be something like this reproduction by Museum Replicas. As I don’t want … Continue reading

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Giacomo di Grassi – How to Hold a Shield

Holding your shield close to the body, either to the side or directly in front, is certainly historic. We know this because Giacomo di Grassi specifically tells us not to do it. And he wouldn’t be telling us not to … Continue reading

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Giacomo di Grassi – Strength Training Exercises

According to di Grassi, the two pillars of fencing are strength and judgment. He repeatedly warns his readers that without strength, one cannot correctly execute the techniques ones judgment tells them should work. As for the means of gaining strength, … Continue reading

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