Category Archives: MS I.33

MS I.33: Why is your sword between my arms? (4r)

People often wonder how this curious picture arises: The common speculation that I’ve heard is that it has something to do with Nucken (Nodding). I don’t think that’s the case. Consider this passage, Here the priest should beware that he … Continue reading

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MS I.33 – Actions from and Reactions to the Counter-Bind (2v)

So someone has just fallen under your sword and you counter-bind. What happens next?The manual gives you two options: Here the scholar rebinds and steps, he is to [do the] schiltslac. Or enclose the arms of the priest with the … Continue reading

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MS I.33 – Falling Under from Underarm (2r)

In my post titled Manciolino’s Sword and Buckler: Sotto il Braccio Part 1, I discussed the basic attacks from Sotto il Braccio/First Ward/Underarm. My premise was that you wouldn’t use horizontal or rising true edge cuts from Underarm because they … Continue reading

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I.33 – Why is the Sword Tucked Under the Arm?

A common question is “Why is the Sword Tucked Under the Arm?”. And lately some people have begun to say things akin to “The illustrations are all wrong, don’t look at them.” I don’t like that answer, but first, the … Continue reading

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I.33 – Hand Positions in Half-Shield

When I was seriously studying I.33, half-shield was being taught as having the wrists touching as shown in Paris. And that works reasonably well. But recently Joey Nitti discovered a flaw in that interpretation. Consider these illustrations:   In the … Continue reading

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I.33, Blade Width, and Lugs

When researching Marozzo’s greatsword, we discovered that the lugs are very important in the thrust. The lugs effectively made the blade wider, allowing it to drive the opponent’s sword offline as we extended our own thrust. Looking at the blades … Continue reading

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I.33 – Where You Bind on the Blade Matters

Before we get into I.33 itself, first we need to learn some terminology. Everyone knows the terms “weak” and “strong” in reference to the blade, but that is insufficient for this discussion. So instead we’ll use the terminology after L’Ange. … Continue reading

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MS I.33 and the Problem of Distance

An ongoing problem I’ve been seeing in I.33 interpretations is a disregard for measure, the distance between a fencer and his opponent’s weapon. Consider this illustration: The red lines on the bottom are of equal length, suggesting that the front … Continue reading

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Correcting Guardia di Sopra il Bracco with Mair and MS I.33

Having established yesterday that feet are allowed to be crossed, we would like to reexamine Guardia di Sopra il Bracco. First, the text: The fourth is called “guardia di sopra il braccio” because the hand that grips the sword comes … Continue reading

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Balance Points for MS I.33

First Ward – Underarm   Second Ward – Right Shoulder Third Ward- Left Shoulder Fourth Ward – Overhead Fifth Ward – Right Side Sixth Ward – Breast Seventh Ward – Longpoint Half-shield

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