Category Archives: Fabris

Fabris – Plate 2: The Extended Prima

The extended Prima is what Fabris refers to as the “properly formed” version of the guard. Guard Analysis The width of the stance is narrow (left) or crossed (right) The length of the stance close, approximately half a foot-length apart … Continue reading

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Fabris – Plate 1: The Withdrawn Prima

The first plate shows what I’ll call the “Withdrawn Prima”. Fabris doesn’t like this posture, but does discuss its merits and flaws before introducing his preferred posture which we’ll call the “Extended Prima”. Guard Analysis The width of the stance … Continue reading

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Comparing Fabris with Generic Standard Rapier

Like many people who started 10 to 20 years ago, I learned something that I’ll call “Generic Standard Rapier”. This isn’t a historic style, but rather an early amalgamation of various, partially translated fencing manuals cobbled together into a coherent … Continue reading

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Definition: Montante

As it last stood, there is a debate as to whether the montante is just a rising falso that goes into alta or a true edge cut that ascends along the line of a rising falso. I’ve done some more … Continue reading

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Crossing the Feet in Fabris

Continuing on the theme of crossing the feet, here is an illustration from Fabris. From the perspective of the sword, and the opponent, and the direction he is looking, the feet are crossed. But wait you say, if you draw … Continue reading

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Applying Fabris to Meyer’s First Scalp Cut

One of the problems with the first device for the scalp cut (Schedelhauw) in Meyer’s Rapier is figuring out how to throw the cut. A simple wrist cut lacks power and a molinello temporarily moves the point off line. Since … Continue reading

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Fabris Chapter 7 – Cuts

Fabris begins this chapter thusly, The principal cuts are four: the mandritto, roverso, sottomano, and montante. Each is used differently and has its own target. Later in the book we will see illustrations with all the cuts deriving from these … Continue reading

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Practice Notes – Dealing with the Spanish

For six of the last seven months I’ve been working over a fencer of the Spanish school. Though he is taller, and has a longer reach, my greatest difficulty was deciding if I wanted to throw a stocatta to the … Continue reading

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Fabris Chapter 6 – On Flinging the Sword, Dui Tempi Actions, and Beats

Flinging the Sword Fabris seems to be advocating for relatively slow, measured attacks. He gives numerous reasons for why you shouldn’t “fling” your sword. A fast, jabbing action lacks the control and accuracy of a normal thrust, especially in a … Continue reading

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Fabris Chapter 5 – Measure and how to gain it

Misura Larga – Wide Measure Misura Larga or “wide measure” is when you can wound your opponent by taking a step with the right foot. To obtain wide measure, start by forming a counter-posture just outside of his measure. Advance … Continue reading

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