Monthly Archives: July 2015

L’Ange – Chapter 1 Prima

Here is the illustration of prima. Features of the guard as per the illustration True edge (red) is up. The sword arm is almost completely extended The hilt is significantly higher than the head. The point is aimed above the … Continue reading

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I.33 – Why is the Sword Tucked Under the Arm?

A common question is “Why is the Sword Tucked Under the Arm?”. And lately some people have begun to say things akin to “The illustrations are all wrong, don’t look at them.” I don’t like that answer, but first, the … Continue reading

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I.33 – Hand Positions in Half-Shield

When I was seriously studying I.33, half-shield was being taught as having the wrists touching as shown in Paris. And that works reasonably well. But recently Joey Nitti discovered a flaw in that interpretation. Consider these illustrations:   In the … Continue reading

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Marozzo’s Great Sword – True Edge Stretta 4

The next play is a counter to the third true edge stretta. Marozzo (Translation by Craig Pitt-Pladdy) But beware that every time that somebody wants to make some kind of hold on the leg, you have to be warned that … Continue reading

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I.33, Blade Width, and Lugs

When researching Marozzo’s greatsword, we discovered that the lugs are very important in the thrust. The lugs effectively made the blade wider, allowing it to drive the opponent’s sword offline as we extended our own thrust. Looking at the blades … Continue reading

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I.33 – Where You Bind on the Blade Matters

Before we get into I.33 itself, first we need to learn some terminology. Everyone knows the terms “weak” and “strong” in reference to the blade, but that is insufficient for this discussion. So instead we’ll use the terminology after L’Ange. … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Rethinking Ch 10, Pattern 9

Pattern 9 (1.29v.3) is a rather strange one. So strange, that the translator speculates that the cut to the left ear should really be aimed at the right. Here is that translation, Item, gather for a high stroke with the … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Indes Before and During the Bind

The concept of indes in the bind is fairly well known, but it leads to a mistaken belief that indes in only in bind and only involves feeling the opponent’s intentions with the sword. But Meyer tells us that indes … Continue reading

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L’Ange – Chapter 7, Part 3

The third thrust in chapter 7 is giving my group quite a bit of trouble. The beginning is easy enough. If you are on the inside and the opponent parries in quarta, then you should disengage while gathering your front … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Pike – Equipment, Guards, and a Basic Drill

The hardest part about studying pike is actually finding a pike. During Meyer’s time, the late 16th century, a typical pike would range from 15 to 22 feet long. Even if something that long could be found, transporting it would … Continue reading

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