Category Archives: Greatsword

Marozzo’s Great Sword – True Edge Stretta 3

The third stretta for the true edge begins with a riverso tondo as a feint. Marozzo doesn’t tell us how to throw the tondo, but we can refer to the second stretta on how to begin this technique. Rather than … Continue reading

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Marozzo’s Great Sword–True Edge Stretta 2

In the second true edge stretta you are basically asked to perform what I’ve been taught is known as a cross-knock. But instead of beating his sword with your cross-guard, you are asked to use your lugs. (Presumably this would … Continue reading

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Marozzo’s Greatsword – True Edge Stretta 1

Marozzo’s third assault for the great sword (literally megia spada or mega sword) consists of roughly 20 plays from the bind. The first 13 are binds on the left, which are referred to as true edge on true edge in … Continue reading

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Rethinking Meyer

It is often said that Meyer doesn’t use thrusts. The common explanation that I was given before was that Meyer was just teaching sport fencing and his techniques were not applicable outside of the school. After watching Jean Chandler’s lecture … Continue reading

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Hanging Point with Longswords vs Greatswords

In the images below look at the orientation of the right hand. For the two longswords the thumb is towards the point, while Alfieri’s greatsword has the thumb towards the pommel. Francesco Alfieri Jakob Sutor The man on the right … Continue reading

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Diogo Gomes de Figueyredo’s Montante – Demonstrated by ModernSwordsman

These videos are an interpretation of Diogo Gomes de Figueyredo’s Memorial Of the Practice of the Montante. If you open the video on YouTube you can see the text of the lesson the presenter is working through.  Purpleheart Armory sells … Continue reading

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What is the Montante

  The weapon which the Iberians called the Montante is a large and long-bladed sword used with two hands. There is a significant body of surviving source material, even more when we consider the surviving material for its close Italian … Continue reading

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