Category Archives: Arming Sword

Scholars of Alcala Class Notes – May 4, 2016

Facebook – YouTube – Member’s Site Sidesword Marozzo’s footwork diagram, known as a Segno del Passeggiare. For for information on it, see Ilkka Hartikainen’s article titled The Segno del Passeggiare in Marozzo. Guards We covered several guards (postures) this week. … Continue reading

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Scholars of Alcala Class Notes – May 1, 2016

Facebook – YouTube – Member’s Site Longsword Warm-ups focused on the sword dance (a.k.a. Circling the Numbers) and Meyer’s Cross. Guard of the day: Pflug Meyer’s Longsword – Analysis of Right Pflug Today’s emphasis was on the location and orientation … Continue reading

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Looking at three translations of Manciolino’s First Defense from Alta

This has always been a difficult passage for me. Swanger’s translation takes liberties with the text, while Leoni’s doesn’t make much sense to me. Transcription by Steven Reich Accia il nemico qual colpo gli piace per offender te, che sei … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Rapier – Annotated Cutting Diagrams

In Meyer’s 1570 text, we find three statues that serve as cutting diagram. The cuts relating to these diagrams can be found in the beginning of chapter 4. Vertical Cuts The first vertical cut (red) is the Scalp Cut or … Continue reading

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Marozzo Sword and Buckler – Basic Cuts from Guardia di Testa

Note: For the purpose of this article, we’re assuming that the Halpschilt interpretation of Guardia di Testa is essentially correct. In chapter 143, Marozzo gives us a set of basic attacks from Guardia di Testa that he wants us to … Continue reading

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Montante vs Rivero Ridoppio

A question that often comes up is “Why is the Montante not just called a Rivero Ridoppio?”. The answer to that has eluded me for awhile, but now that I see it, it seems so obvious. Another question comes from … Continue reading

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The Montante from Guardia di Testa in the Bind

In the assaulti of both Manciolino and Marozzo, we are often told to assume Guardia di Testa for a variety of reasons. From there, there are many occasions where we are asked to strike the dome of the buckler with … Continue reading

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Maister Liechtenawers Kunstbuech – More on Gripping the Sword with your Buckler Hand

I.33 isn’t the only manual showing the left thumb over the blade. http://wiktenauer.com/wiki/Maister_Liechtenawers_Kunstbuech_(Cgm_3712) Note that the right fencer’s sword is in his buckler hand, freeing his sword hand to grab his opponent’s hilt. Here we can clearly see the left … 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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