L’Ange 17th Century Rapier

Scholars of Alcala’s 17th century rapier includes classes based on several Italian masters including Salvator Fabris and Ridolfo Capo Ferro da Cagli. However, our introductory course is focuses on Jéann Daniel L’Ange. Though German, his book titled A Clear and Thorough Explanation of the Noble, Chivalric, and Free Art of Fencing closely follows the Italian fencing tradition. And we feel it provides the solid foundation new fencers need before tackling the more advanced Italian texts.

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Study Guides and Books

No prior experience is needed. All fencers will be provided with a copy of our rapier training guide they can practice both in class and at home.


Swords and safety gear is available for beginners.

L’Ange’s techniques were designed for moderately long rapiers that are approximately sternum high. However, any rapier balanced for thrusting in the 35″ to 45″ range will work for this flexible system. However, the sword must have true quillons (cross bar). Here are some examples,