Category Archives: Arming Sword

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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Beating vs. Slicing Off with the Rapier

Since it came up in my last post, I should talk about what I mean by “beat”. When I hear that term I think of a sharp strike that leaves the point more or less online. It is used to … Continue reading

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Agrippa’s Long Step

For a long time I thought that Agrippa disliked the lunge. It turns out that I made this mistake by a combination of unfamiliar terminology, a poor translation, and  reading far too much into the paragraph that explains the counter … Continue reading

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Agrippa – Closing with Passing Steps

The context for this play is that your opponent is just out of reach. Depending on the translation, either you literally can’t reach him or it is merely hard to do so. For our purposes, lets say you can barely … Continue reading

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Manciolino’s Sword and Large Buckler: Coda Lunga e Alta 3

The third play is similar to the first. Like the first play, you’ll pass to his left with your right foot, your left foot immediately following behind. At the same time you’ll thrust into his side. Covering For your defense, … Continue reading

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Manciolino’s Sword and Large Buckler: Coda Lunga e Alta 2

The second technique that follows inviting a thrust begins with jamming your false edge under the opponent’s sword while taking a step to the opponent’s left with your left foot. I have interpreted this as a Kron-like parry. Cutting the … Continue reading

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Manciolino’s Sword and Large Buckler: Coda Lunga e Alta 1

Manciolino’s sword and large buckler section starts in book 4, chapter 1. It opens with an invitation from Coda Lunga e Alta. Keeping the left foot forward, you press your opponent to react by either backing away or by attacking. … Continue reading

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Manciolino’s Sword and Buckler – First Attack from Porta di Ferro Stretta

The first attack for Porta di Ferro Stretta is simply, “you can turn a tramazzone”. At first glance this seems kinda silly. Why bother telling someone to make a single, basic attack against someone waiting in guard? No combinations, no … Continue reading

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Manciolino’s Sword and Buckler – Second Attack from Porta di Ferro Stretta

The second attack from Porta di Ferro Stretta seems pretty simple at first glance, but hides some pretty important concepts. step forward with your left foot extending a thrust2 to the face, and then pass forward with your right foot, … Continue reading

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