Category Archives: Bolognese-Dardi Tradition

Scholars of Alcala Class Notes – May 4, 2016

Facebook – YouTube – Member’s Site Sidesword Marozzo’s footwork diagram, known as a Segno del Passeggiare. For for information on it, see Ilkka Hartikainen’s article titled The Segno del Passeggiare in Marozzo. Guards We covered several guards (postures) this week. … 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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Looking at three translations of Manciolino’s First Defense from Alta

This has always been a difficult passage for me. Swanger’s translation takes liberties with the text, while Leoni’s doesn’t make much sense to me. Transcription by Steven Reich Accia il nemico qual colpo gli piace per offender te, che sei … Continue reading

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Marozzo Wrestling (with Dagger) Complete Video List

It has recently come to my attention that Ken Harding of the Historical Martial Arts of St. Louis has published a complete set of videos for Marozzo’s wrestling. This material appears in book 5 of the text. It should be … Continue reading

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Marozzo Sword and Buckler – Basic Cuts from Guardia di Testa

Note: For the purpose of this article, we’re assuming that the Halpschilt interpretation of Guardia di Testa is essentially correct. In chapter 143, Marozzo gives us a set of basic attacks from Guardia di Testa that he wants us to … Continue reading

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Go for the Hands

In a recent practice I noticed a fencer using Meyer’s dussack style was scoring a lot of hand hits. And it got me thinking about the subject. In Manciolino, the very first technique you learn is the three strikes to … Continue reading

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Marozzo’s Greatsword – True Edge Stretta 8

The eighth true edge stretta for the greatsword shows how to use the pommel to hook the opponent. From the bind, you step past the opponent on their right. From there you can hook the pommel around the throat. Alternately, … Continue reading

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Marozzo’s Greatsword –True Edge Stretta 7

The seventh true edge stretta is all about trying to get a pommel strike. From the bind, you start by pushing forward with your hilt. If he goes high, simply go low under his arms with a pommel strike. (This … Continue reading

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Nachreisen and Tempi for Attack

The Bolognese author dall’Agocchie says that “There are five ways of recognizing this tempo of attacking.” The first one is that once you’ve parried your enemy’s blow, then it’s a tempo to attack.  The second, when his blow has passed … Continue reading

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Montante vs Rivero Ridoppio

A question that often comes up is “Why is the Montante not just called a Rivero Ridoppio?”. The answer to that has eluded me for awhile, but now that I see it, it seems so obvious. Another question comes from … Continue reading

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