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Girard Thibault – Figures G and H on Narrow Passages

When fighting in a narrow passage it may be necessary to reduce the length of the sword. Here are two examples: Figure G Figure H

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Girard Thibault – Chapter 1, Figures A thru E: More on Selecting a Sword

Thibault appears to come from an era where stupidly long swords were fashionable. I cannot think of any other reason why he is so determined to instruct his students to use shorter blades. Figure A This shows how a proper … Continue reading

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Girard Thibault – Selecting a Sword

Determining the proper length of the sword in Thibault’s system is easy: Therefore the measure of the sword is such that the length of the blade from the point to the quillons is equal to the half-diameter, that is, if … Continue reading

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Girard Thibault – Chapter 1 Circle 4, Measure

First Instance Our fencer is standing on the quadrangle AC.  Across from him is his opponent standing on quadrangle ZX. Thibault considers this to be the First Instance or the widest range that they may hit each other in middle … Continue reading

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Girard Thibault – Chapter 1 Circle 3, Pacing

This diagram is used to show how large each step should be. Path 1, along the line OO, is four ordinary steps. Path 2, going the other direction along NN is three ordinary steps. Likewise, paths 3 and 4 require … Continue reading

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Girard Thibault – Chapter 1, Footwork Diagram

Thibault’s footwork diagram can be found beneath the feet of nearly every fencer in his many drawings. The radius of the circle is the same length as the sword when measured from the quillons to the point. This is also … Continue reading

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Girard Thibault, Notes on Circles

At first glance the circles in Thibault’s Academy of the Sword appear to be nothing more than Neo-Platonism claptrap, much like the geometric figures found in Agrippa’s book, but in reality they serve an incredible important role. Most fencing systems … Continue reading

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