Category Archives: Antonio Manciolino

Manciolino’s Sword and Buckler: Sotto il Braccio Part 2

Where we last left off, we had the agent throwing a Falso (rising, back-edge cut) from Sotto il Braccio (underarm) in an attempt to thwart his opponent’s expected response. Chapter 11/12, Play 2 Counter The counter to the Falso sounds … Continue reading

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Manciolino’s Sword and Buckler: Sotto il Braccio Part 1

When looking at Sotto il Braccio, also known as Under-Arm or First Ward (MS I.33), the general assumption is that the most natural attack is an upwards diagonal cut with the true edge. Which is why I find it so … Continue reading

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Training Log for Antonio Manciolino Books 1 thru 3

One of the hardest things about working through a drill heavy book such as Manciolino is that it can be hard to keep track of what you’ve worked on.  You may do an drill, then completely forget it the next … Continue reading

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Provocations and Matching Postures

To set the stage, let’s first define what a provocation is in the context of Bolognese fencing. Ideally, a skillful fencer will attack before his opponent settles into a guard. The theory is that he will be less able to … Continue reading

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Scholars of Alcala Class Notes – May 22, 2016

Facebook – YouTube – Member’s Site Longsword Today we focused on drills 1 & 2 from our article Longsword – Drills for Pflug/Posta Breve/Porta di Ferro. One of the things we noted is that you don’t necessarily want to make … Continue reading

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Scholars of Alcala Class Notes – May 8, 2016

Facebook – YouTube – Member’s Site Announcements We have two featured meet-ups on the calendar. May 28: Make Targa-Style Bucklers June 11: di Grassi Day BBQ and Workshop If you plan on attending you must sign up early. Longsword Double … Continue reading

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Scholars of Alcala Class Notes – May 1, 2016

Facebook – YouTube – Member’s Site Longsword Warm-ups focused on the sword dance (a.k.a. Circling the Numbers) and Meyer’s Cross. Guard of the day: Pflug Meyer’s Longsword – Analysis of Right Pflug Today’s emphasis was on the location and orientation … Continue reading

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