Archive for the ‘Swords and Fencing’ Category

Why we fence?

Monday, January 11th, 2010

I’m currently reading Ken Mondschein‘s most excellent translation of Camillo Agrippa’s Treatise On The Science Of Arms, and the introduction full of details giving lots of background information got me thinking about a few things. In it, there is a description of the social context in which those who took up the sword lived which gives an insight on why they were doing so. And while we can try to comprehend what motivates a man to learn a weapon in order to both give himself a place on the social ladder as well as giving himself the means to preserve his own life, those are motivations which no longer apply to our modern world, and yet are crucial to the approach in which fencing masters were expecting their students to learn the art.

So how do we reconcile a need for self-defense and social recognition with the friendly activity that fencing has become today? Note that I use the word “friendly” in a genuine meaning, regardless of the amount of social or political conflict that might exist within or between groups today.

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Some Sword Schools on YouTube

Friday, June 5th, 2009

When it comes to fencing, one has to be really weary about the sort of material available on YouTube. The levels of skills are varied and it’s probably more prudent to assume that those skills only reflect the individual portrayed rather than the group as a whole.

Having said that, there’s 2 schools with a pretty good reputation (in my bokos anyway) which I wanted to present here.

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Fencing through the masses

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Heya people,

First of all, just like the couple of post previous to this one, I apologise to the lack of daily picture. Like everything else, this kind of went down the pits of foresakeness (is that a word?). I’m still overdue and will get round to post the handful of photos I meant to post, ermm, 2 months ago.

Meanwhile, things have been trodding along and I haven’t quite properly blogged for a while.

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The Lunge

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Today we will explore the most useful technique a man of the sword ought to know to strike both safely and securely: The lunge.

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The Basics of Italian Rapier – Advanced Footwork

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007
In the previous article we saw how to do various levels of forward and backwards steps. This time we shall expand on this to cover travelling beyond the straight line.

Essentially, the directions available to you are either sideways or diagonally. As the principles remain the same in both cases, this should make it easier to assimilate.

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