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L’Ange Chapter 8 – Parry and Riposte in Quarta

This is my second attempt at interpreting the technique. For my first attempt I was too biased by my Italian training. Having revisited the material, I now see that it is more like small sword techniques, as applied to the … Continue reading

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L’Ange Chapter 8 – Parry and Riposte on the Inside

The first parry that L’Ange formally teaches is on the inside. It begins when your opponent constrains you in Quarta with the intention of thrusting in the same. Your response is to parry in your own Quarta and, at the … Continue reading

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L’Ange – Chapter 7, One Play with Multiple Drills

When you first read chapter 7 it may seem like a series of individual drills, but in actuality they all flow together into one play. Gaining the Weak First you gain the weak using what we learned in the pervious … Continue reading

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L’Ange – Second Thrust in Quarta or Flanconade

This thrust is used when you constrain your opponent so strongly that you drive his sword down. When this occurs, you may have “more openings on the outside under his arm” than on the inside. L’Ange notes that it is … Continue reading

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L’Ange – Chapter 7 First Thrust in Quarta

The first thrust taught by L’Ange is performed in Quarta on the inside. Inside vs Outside For those of you unfamiliar with Italian terminology, the “inside” means that your opponent’s blade is to the left of your blade. This position … Continue reading

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L’Ange – Chapter 2 More on Quarta and Secunda

L’Ange begins with a salute, which I won’t repeat here. I will note that he warns to only use the salute in a friendly match, never when fighting in earnest. Quarta This guard is the most graceful and the most … Continue reading

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L’Ange – Quarta and Fatigue

During this week’s practice we were running into fatigue issues. Both fencers were having trouble staying in L’Ange’s recommended Quarta. Looking closely as the illustration, our mistake is clear. Instead of placing the pommel under the base of the hand, … Continue reading

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L’Ange – Chapter 1 Quarta

And now our final guard. Features of the guard as per the illustration Point is at the height of the shoulder Hilt is the height of the natural waist Body is upright or leaning slightly back The hilt is above … Continue reading

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