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Equipment Review: Castille Armory Elite Rapier Blade

One of the biggest problems in practicing traditional fencing today is getting really good blades – or even tolerably good blades – to practice with. There are a growing number of manufacturers and vendors out there, but it is very … Continue reading

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Gaudin et al.: modern, not classical

I recently revisited some period clips on Youtube of Aldo Nadi and Lucien Gaudin fencing – along with Nedo Nadi and Roger Ducret.  All were universally respected champions in the world of early 20th century fencing, and many folks see … Continue reading

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Some (not so profound) thoughts on I.33, anticipating Forgeng’s new edition

In a few weeks, Jeffrey Forgeng’s new edition and translation of Royal Armouries MS I.33 is slated to be released, published by the Royal Armouries directly.   I’m super excited about it, and my copy is already on order — … Continue reading

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Longpoint: the nucleus of the art

The anonymous author[s] of MS I.33, the Walpurgis Fechtbuch, tell us this about the seventh ward, langort (longpoint): Note that the nucleus of the entire art of fencing consists in this last ward, called langort; all actions of the sword … Continue reading

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“Controlling the Center:” advice from Musashi, not Marozzo

What happens when we frame European swordsmanship techniques on an Asian martial theoretical framework?  Well, you get a hybrid system.  Not that there’s anything necessarily wrong with a hybrid system – the proponents of the northern Italian “scuola mista” style … Continue reading

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Coming to Grips, Medieval Style, Part II

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Coming to Grips, Medieval Style

How were bucklers held, historically, and how should this inform their use today? Grip is fundamental to proper use of a sword, buckler, or any hand weapon.  To use the weapon right – and to have any hope of using … Continue reading

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