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Fabris – Plate 2: The Extended Prima

The extended Prima is what Fabris refers to as the “properly formed” version of the guard. Guard Analysis The width of the stance is narrow (left) or crossed (right) The length of the stance close, approximately half a foot-length apart … Continue reading

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Fabris – Plate 1: The Withdrawn Prima

The first plate shows what I’ll call the “Withdrawn Prima”. Fabris doesn’t like this posture, but does discuss its merits and flaws before introducing his preferred posture which we’ll call the “Extended Prima”. Guard Analysis The width of the stance … Continue reading

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L’Ange – Chapter 1 Prima

Here is the illustration of prima. Features of the guard as per the illustration True edge (red) is up. The sword arm is almost completely extended The hilt is significantly higher than the head. The point is aimed above the … Continue reading

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Camillo Agrippa – More on the Disengage from Prima

The disengage in prima occurs when someone tries to beat the point of your sword away using a mandritto or riverso. So basically anyone using standard Bolognese tactics. I was under the impression that this was a full disengage, but … Continue reading

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Camillo Agrippa – What if he does… when I’m in Prima?

Fencing students love to ask “What if he does…” This was just as true in Agrippa’s day as it is in ours. So right from the beginning he answers that  question for a variety of scenarios. What if he beats … Continue reading

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Camillo Agrippa – Prima A Guard Analysis

    The feet are close together, the right slightly in front The feet are pointed forward The heel of the left foot is raised The knees are over the toes The body is inclined forward so that the left shoulder … Continue reading

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Camillo Agrippa – Chapter 4, Responses while in Prima

Below are various ways a foe may try to unsettle Agrippa’s prima and the matching responses. Mandritto – Option 1 Lower your point slightly without moving your arm. Aim for his right side, rotate your wrist and attack by stepping … Continue reading

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Camillo Agrippa – Chapter 4, The Crooked Arm and the Wide Step

Agrippa notes that some masters encourage that one should bend the arm when in what he calls Prima. He is very much against this for a number of reasons: The straight line is longer and quicker With the arm extended, … Continue reading

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