Category Archives: Weapons

Meyer: Rethinking Footwork

In longsword chapter 10, there’s an exercise informally known as Meyer’s Cross. (Or “Meyer’s Square” for those people who don’t know what a square looks like.) The default footwork for this is alternating passing steps to the left and right. … Continue reading

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L’Ange: Changing our Rapier Footwork

Up until now we used this footwork pattern for obtaining a constraint. (Only the right foot is shown.) 1: Patient stands in guard of Tertia. The Agent stands in Quarta on the inside. Start far enough apart that the swords … Continue reading

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Practice Notes for Sunday, Dec 15, 2019

We covered a lot of material in Sunday’s rapier class. For your benefit, I’ve taken the time to writing up some notes and posting them in our new website. https://hemadrillbook.azurewebsites.net/b/L’Ange/p/Main/t/commentary The new sections are: Chapter 4: How You Shall Recognize … Continue reading

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Is the edge or back of a blade stronger?

Well of course it depends on the blade. But if we’re talking about Japanese swords, we have an excellent source with both historic and scientific information. Just to make things interesting, let me translate an account by another Japanese swordsman. … Continue reading

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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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