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Thibault on Reach with Shoulder vs Wrist Cuts

In this illustration from Thibault (chapter 1, figure F) you can see the difference in reach between a wrist cut and a cut from the shoulder.

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L’Ange – Chapter 4 Near and Wide Measure

Wide Measure Firstly you must learn to recognize well that when you must and can come with your weak onto the enemy’s weak, this is the wide measure. In this, as he is too far away, you cannot injure the … Continue reading

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MS I.33 and the Problem of Distance

An ongoing problem I’ve been seeing in I.33 interpretations is a disregard for measure, the distance between a fencer and his opponent’s weapon. Consider this illustration: The red lines on the bottom are of equal length, suggesting that the front … Continue reading

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Girard Thibault – Chapter 1 Circle 4, Measure

First Instance Our fencer is standing on the quadrangle AC.  Across from him is his opponent standing on quadrangle ZX. Thibault considers this to be the First Instance or the widest range that they may hit each other in middle … Continue reading

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Fabris Chapter 5 – Measure and how to gain it

Misura Larga – Wide Measure Misura Larga or “wide measure” is when you can wound your opponent by taking a step with the right foot. To obtain wide measure, start by forming a counter-posture just outside of his measure. Advance … Continue reading

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Capoferro Chapter 4 – Measure

Capoferro defines measure as the distance between the point of the sword and the adversaries body. He has several named measures, which I will try to enumerate. Strettissma Misura: The narrowest measure is actually begun from a wide measure, wherein … Continue reading

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Codex Wallerstein Longsword – Plates 1 and 5

Codex Wallerstein was owned by Paulus Hector Mair, an avid collector of fencing manuals and an author in his own right. The text was purchased on January 26, 1556, meaning it probably post-dated Mair’s own encyclopedia on fencing.   The … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Rapier – Chapter 2

In Meyer’s divisions of the combatant the body is divided into four lines or openings, as is the head. While this is sufficient for the longsword and dusak, the rapier requires several more divisions. In addition to the vertical line … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Divisions of the Fight

In Meyer’s longsword system the fight is broken up into three divisions. When working with a device or technique one must keep in mind what they intend to do in each division. The first division is the Zufechten or Onset. … Continue reading

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Fabris, Notes on Chapter 10

Tempo only applies to actions taken within measure. If you are not close enough to wound or at least take some sort of advantage, you are just moving. A tempo is the time it takes to make an action with … Continue reading

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