Monthly Archives: July 2015

Recruiting using Movies and TV

My club just had our first movie-themed meetup. This one used the “dance lessons” from the Game of Thrones as a way to get people interest in a 3 hour seminar on Bolognese fencing. It was a rousing success. We … Continue reading

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Marozzo’s Greatsword – True Edge Stretta 6

This stomp needs no explanation. Marozzo (Translation by Craig Pitt-Pladdy) Again, being engaged with the enemy at true-edge on true-edge, immediately, as you meet him at the said true-edge I want that you give them your left foot passing forward … Continue reading

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Marozzo’s Greatsword – True Edge Stretta 5

The next play is a counter against someone who rushes in from the bind. Marozzo (Translation by Craig Pitt-Pladdy) Now watch that being engaged the enemy with the true-edge with true-edge he charges you strongly on to the above said … Continue reading

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Bolognese Sword and Buckler – What does Guardia di Testa Look Like?

What does Guardia di Testa look like with the sword and buckler? This posture is not illustrated and the written descriptions are open to interpretation. Antonio Manciolino The second is called “guardia di testa” which is made with equal and … Continue reading

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L’Ange – Chapter 2 More on Quarta and Secunda

L’Ange begins with a salute, which I won’t repeat here. I will note that he warns to only use the salute in a friendly match, never when fighting in earnest. Quarta This guard is the most graceful and the most … Continue reading

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L’Ange – Quarta and Fatigue

During this week’s practice we were running into fatigue issues. Both fencers were having trouble staying in L’Ange’s recommended Quarta. Looking closely as the illustration, our mistake is clear. Instead of placing the pommel under the base of the hand, … Continue reading

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Maister Liechtenawers Kunstbuech – More on Gripping the Sword with your Buckler Hand

I.33 isn’t the only manual showing the left thumb over the blade. http://wiktenauer.com/wiki/Maister_Liechtenawers_Kunstbuech_(Cgm_3712) Note that the right fencer’s sword is in his buckler hand, freeing his sword hand to grab his opponent’s hilt. Here we can clearly see the left … Continue reading

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L’Ange – Chapter 1 Quarta

And now our final guard. Features of the guard as per the illustration Point is at the height of the shoulder Hilt is the height of the natural waist Body is upright or leaning slightly back The hilt is above … Continue reading

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L’Ange – Chapter 1 Tertia

Continuing our look at the guards… Features of the guard as per the illustration The point is shoulder high The hilt is at the level of the natural waist The arm is extended so that the hand is just past … Continue reading

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L’Ange – Chapter 1 Secunda

Here is the illustration of Secunda. Features of the guard as per the illustration Hand is turned to that the palm is down Quillons are vertical Sword arm is fully extended The point is aimed well above the head Hilt … Continue reading

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