Category Archives: Sword and Buckler

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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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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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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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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