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Fabris – Drills for Plate 24

This play is essentially the same as plate 23, but it starts on the outside. Plate 24 – Common Fencer 1a Both fencers start in 3rd on the outside. The agent provokes a response by beginning to constrains the patient … Continue reading

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Fabris – Drills for Plate 23

This play specifically says the fencers are in misura larga or wide measure. Loosely speaking, this is the range in which you can attack with a single step. Plate 23 – Common Fencer This drill will work better for the … Continue reading

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Fabris – Drills for Plate 22

Prior to attempting these drills you should be familiar with the drills on plate 21. Plate 22 – Fabris 1a Both fencers start in 3rd on the inside. The agent constrains the patient by turning the wrist into second Patient … Continue reading

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Fabris – Drills for Plate 21

It is vitally important that you do not skip over the “common fencer” drills. These are not drills of the incompetent fencer, but merely one who hasn’t had the additional instruction from Fabris. So it is something that you would … Continue reading

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Fabris – Chapters 18, 19, 32

Another video on the girata of Fabris. This one covers four variants. Left Girata Right Girata for the Inside Double Girata Right Girata for the Outside

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Fabris Plates 18 and 19 – The Girata or Turn

The Girata will most likely prove to be essential in Fabris, as he places an emphasis on voiding the opponent’s sword over parrying it (though it is best to do both). Here are the preliminary videos.

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Fabris Lesson Plan for Plate 3 & Chapter 3/4

Review the first guard. Discuss the divisions of the sword. Focus on the specifics that Fabris offers. (Maybe compare & contrast with other systems.) Discuss the features of the withdrawn seconda (plate 3). [students assume the posture, practice walking as … Continue reading

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Fabris Lesson Plan for Plate 2

Recap why Fabris doesn’t like the withdrawn prima. Discuss the physical differences between the properly formed prima and the withdrawn prima. [students form the posture] Discuss the concept of safety being measured by the distance between your opponent’s sword and … Continue reading

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Fabris and the Paradox of the Step

The master dall’Agocchie famously wrote about about the five tempi for attack. The last concerns movement of the foot, The fifth and last, when the enemy is fixed in guard, and he raises or moves his forward foot in order … Continue reading

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Fabris Lesson Plan for Plate 1

Brief introduction to the rapier itself and its parts. Terminology: The four hand positions in Italian rapier (one, two, three, four). Their introduction by Agrippa. The difference between one, the hand position, and first/prima the guard. [students demonstrate the four … Continue reading

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