Category Archives: Fiore de Liberi

Is the Mezano a Zwerch?

As I understand it, the Riverso Mezano is commonly considered to be a cut from the left, to the opponent’s right, with the short edge that can hit anywhere from the knee to the head. My problem is, that doesn’t … Continue reading

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Interpreting Illustrations – Where are you looking?

A common criticism of illustrations, especially the earlier ones, is that the artist doesn’t understand perspective. While there is some truth to that, most of the time the perceived flaws in the illustration are in the viewer’s mind rather than … Continue reading

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Fiore – Three Turns and Four Things

The three turns of the body: Stable Turn: Balls of the feet. Rotate around the centerline which doesn’t move. Really useful for grappling. Half Turn: Passing steps. Centerline moves in a straight line. Full Turn: Compass step. Centerline moves in … Continue reading

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Fiore’s One-Handed Sword – Third Play

Here is the illustration for the second play. It arises from the false edge parry shown two days ago. Red: The base lines show that the master has a long, somewhat narrow stance. His opponent has a wide stance and … Continue reading

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Fiore’s One-Handed Sword – Second Play

Here is the illustration for the second play. It arises from the true edge parry shown yesterday. Red: The base line shows a narrow, almost inline, stance. Green: The left foot is turned slightly inwards. The master is on the … Continue reading

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Fiore’s One-Handed Sword – Basic Parries from the First Master

Here is the first posture for the use of one-handed swords. Red: Base line showing both feet are inline. This indicates a narrow profile, which would offer less of a target against thrusts. Orange: The leg lines show that the … Continue reading

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Interpreting Fiore – The Distance Between the Feet is Important or The Swords were Long

In an article titled Size Matters, Guy Windsor agues that the length of the sword is important for the correct execution of the Fiore’s plays. He demonstrates that he cannot reach his opponent to enact the sword grab. Here is … Continue reading

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