Category Archives: Camillo Agrippa

Agrippa’s Long Step

For a long time I thought that Agrippa disliked the lunge. It turns out that I made this mistake by a combination of unfamiliar terminology, a poor translation, and  reading far too much into the paragraph that explains the counter … Continue reading

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Agrippa – Closing with Passing Steps

The context for this play is that your opponent is just out of reach. Depending on the translation, either you literally can’t reach him or it is merely hard to do so. For our purposes, lets say you can barely … Continue reading

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Camillo Agrippa – More on the Disengage from Prima

The disengage in prima occurs when someone tries to beat the point of your sword away using a mandritto or riverso. So basically anyone using standard Bolognese tactics. I was under the impression that this was a full disengage, but … Continue reading

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Crossing your feet from Agrippa’s Seconda

Though it is often said that we should never cross our feet, there will be times when the manuals specifically tell us to. Here is one example from Agrippa.

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Camillo Agrippa’s Sword in Each Hand – Video Lesson 1

I’ve been rather annoyed lately by the recent videos that ask questions such as “Dual wielding swords – viable strategy or impractical fantasy?”. Of course it is a viable strategy. If it wasn’t we wouldn’t see so many historic fencing … Continue reading

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Camillo Agrippa – What if he does… when I’m in Prima?

Fencing students love to ask “What if he does…” This was just as true in Agrippa’s day as it is in ours. So right from the beginning he answers that  question for a variety of scenarios. What if he beats … Continue reading

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Camillo Agrippa – Seconda Guard Analysis

  Feet are close together and inline Left heel is slightly raised Left foot is turned out Both knees are forward of the feet The body is inclined forward The right arm is extended The eyes are looking just over … Continue reading

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