Category Archives: Partisan

Proposed Terminology for Gripping the Staff, Spear, and Similar Weapons

There are numerous ways to hold a short staff or quarterstaff. Unfortunately none of the manuals I’ve run across seem to enumerate these succinctly. So in order to make conversations about these weapons easier, I am proposing this set of … Continue reading

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What is a Partisan?

Tom Leoni describes a partisan as: The origins of this weapons are unknown, although it is undoubtedly a variant of the traditional spear. It was in vogue between the 16th and 17th Centuries, used alone or in conjunction with the … Continue reading

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Images of Marozzo’s Partisan

I haven’t done any proper research on these, they are just raw pulls from William Wilson’s scans and the table of contents for that chapter. If you feel like translating hand-written Old Italian let me know and I’ll send you … Continue reading

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Partisan Notes – June 24th

Play – Instructor’s Version Both start in a normal guard with the left hand and foot forward. The agent feint’s to the head from the patient’s right side with an increase of the foot. [Punta Portata] The patient parry’s to … Continue reading

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Intro to Partisan – Basic Cuts

Cut with hands in place Small increase of the foot combined with a cut. Similar to the thrust Punta Portata. This will be horizontal from the outside to the inside, diagonal, or downward. It will normally not be from below … Continue reading

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Intro to Partisan – Basic Parries

Again, assume a right-hand stance. Parry on the High Outside If the left-hand is forward, the outside is to the right. Just as with a rapier, attacks to the outside must come over or under the weapon. Keeping the left … Continue reading

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Intro to Partisan – Basic Thrusts

All of these assume the left-hand starts forward. In practice either hand may be forward. Punta Portata – Thrust with Hands in Place Take a step forward with the left foot only. At the same time, extend the left hand. … Continue reading

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