Why is his foot in the air?

Raising the foot prior to the thrust serves many purposes, even if you wouldn’t do it in an actual fight. First, it eliminates the question about how much weight should be on each foot. All of your weight much be over the back foot or you will fall over. When you step, assuming you land… Continue reading Why is his foot in the air?

Sept. Training Guides Update

The scholars have been hard at work refining the training guides. And since it’s been a month since we last shared, I wanted to update you on our progress. But first, here’s the link to the resources page with all the files. Meyer Rapier We’re getting really close to finishing the first draft. The write-ups… Continue reading Sept. Training Guides Update

Understanding Rapier Diagrams

Our traditional cutting diagrams don’t really work with thrust-centric rapier plays. So we have created a new style of diagram more suited for the style. To start, we divide a circle into zones. These aren’t specific places on the opponent, but rather relative to where their sword would be in 3rd (e.g. Terza/Tertia, Langort). Onto… Continue reading Understanding Rapier Diagrams

Practice Notes for Oct 13

Fitness For our warm-ups, we are using exercises from Guy Windsor’sThe Duellist’s Companion: A training manual for 17th century Italian rapier. Sword and Buckler For Sword and Buckler, we looked at a selection of plays from Manciolino’s first book, chapters 3 and 4. In this book, all of the attacks from a given guard are… Continue reading Practice Notes for Oct 13

Practice Notes for Oct. 16

Rapier For L’Ange rapier we reviewed the fine details of the ‘German’ style grip. Then we repeated the exercise with the ‘Italian’ grip as you might see in Capo Ferro. Then we looked at plate 7 of Capo Ferro’s Use of Fencing. This play teaches one how to safely disengage when constrained and to punish… Continue reading Practice Notes for Oct. 16