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William Goldman: Remembering a key figure in the recent history of fencing. (Well, my fencing, at least, but likely yours as well).

I was greatly saddened to discover this New Year’s Eve, during one of those Hollywood remembrance clips that gets played every year, that screenwriter and author William Goldman passed away this last November. Online obituaries have extolled his virtues, of … Continue reading

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Edge vs. Flat, Reborn: Defense with the Buckler

Those of us who were part of the traditional fencing/WMA scene as long ago as the early 2000’s (yes, the ancient times) will remember the edge vs. flat debate: several stalwart proponents of the time were arguing that the flat … 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

How were medieval swords held? Continue reading

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