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Camillo Agrippa – Chapter 4, The Crooked Arm and the Wide Step

Agrippa notes that some masters encourage that one should bend the arm when in what he calls Prima. He is very much against this for a number of reasons: The straight line is longer and quicker With the arm extended, … Continue reading

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Camillo Agrippa – Chapter 3, More Geometry

In Agrippa’s day the primary concern was defending oneself from a cut. In order to better facilitate this, one would hold the arm somewhat back and at an angle to cover more of the body. Agrippa is primarily concerned with … Continue reading

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Camillo Agrippa – Chapter 2, Geometry

It may look complicated at first glance, but this diagram is actually quite simple. The purpose is to show how to lunge using geometry. As the body and knee inclines the body travels along a straight line. The letters A … Continue reading

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Camillo Agrippa – Chapter 1, The Four Guards

Agrippa is responsible for reducing the multitude of guards used in medieval fencing down to four numbered guards. While this was quite radical in 1553, by the time we get to the early 1600’s the old system of named guards … Continue reading

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Camillo Agrippa – Introduction

In Agrippa’s day, fencing as a martial skill was already in decline. He laments that the use of artillery precludes the normal means by which one earns military honor. So instead he focuses on the sword as a dueling weapon, … Continue reading

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Why doesn’t Agrippa talk about the longsword?

In his own words… I had also planned to say something about how to use the two-handed sword. However, anything I say will be useless because of the uncertain rules that govern it blows, which travel so through the air. … Continue reading

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