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Fabris and the Paradox of the Step

The master dall’Agocchie famously wrote about about the five tempi for attack. The last concerns movement of the foot, The fifth and last, when the enemy is fixed in guard, and he raises or moves his forward foot in order … Continue reading

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George Silver – Four Actions of the Attack

My club has recently started looking at the works of George Silver, as interpreted by Stephen Hand. Right now the class is focused heavily the theory and philosophy of fencing rather than the mechanical aspects. Here are my personal notes … Continue reading

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George Silver – The Hand is Quicker than the Eye

My club has recently started looking at the works of George Silver, as interpreted by Stephen Hand. Right now the class is focused heavily the theory and philosophy of fencing rather than the mechanical aspects. Here are my personal notes … Continue reading

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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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Practice Notes – Play with Timing

Today in practice I hit my opponent several times in a row using one technique. Then after a few passes, I picked another technique and again hit him several times in a row. This pattern was repeated often during our … Continue reading

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Nachreisen and Tempi for Attack

The Bolognese author dall’Agocchie says that “There are five ways of recognizing this tempo of attacking.” The first one is that once you’ve parried your enemy’s blow, then it’s a tempo to attack.  The second, when his blow has passed … Continue reading

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Nachreisen means Contra Tempo

For those with an Italian background, it is important to understand that a Nachreisen (following or chasing) is nothing more than an attack in Contra Tempo (counter-time). Consider these quotes, Ridolfo Capoferro Contra tempo is when at the very same … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword: Intro to 1560

The introduction to Meyer’s 1560 longsword lists numbers guards and cuts. To my annoyance, it doesn’t actually cover all of these. Even the primary guard Fool and the master cut Scalper (i.e. vertext or parting cut) are omitted from the … Continue reading

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Tempo and Indes

Tempo and Indes, In Theory Consider the fight between a fencer in vom Tag against a fencer in Alber In the fencer in vom Tag commits to an attack, the fencer in Alber, can counter to leaping forward and slicing … Continue reading

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Capoferro Chapter 5 – Tempo

The word tempo refers to the amount of time it takes to perform an action or the amount of time you spend not doing anything at all. There’s no fixed length for tempo, the concept is based entirely around what … Continue reading

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