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The Low Line Attack With a Void (VIDEO)

I had a great day of fencing on Saturday at Balfar’s Challenge. Not only did my rapier melee team (Remy’s Angels II: Electric Boogaloo) came in first place, I also finished strong in second place in the afternoon’s Pennsic Qualifer Tourney in which I rolled out with single rapier the entire time.

I had to fight through my entire fencing family tree which was amusing in its own right. This fight against my cadet, Gregori, on the anniversary of his caddeting, was possibly the most memorable one ’cause of how I won — with a low line void & strike under the opponent’s sword arm.

His reaction was also pretty fantastic. We were laughing a good five minutes after this.

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Capo Ferro Chapter XI: How to Seek Measure

You can find links to all the chapters I’ve interpreted in the Historical Fencing section of the site.

I’m using two translations as my sources. The Swanger/Wilson translation of Capo Ferro’s book (download it here) and Tom Leoni’s version. Both are solid, but have weird translation issues that make more sense when each version is compared to one another. It helps to get a rounder view of the material.

In this section, we look at how to seek measure (which is to get into a position to be able to strike your opponent) while remaining safe from being struck yourself. Continue reading Capo Ferro Chapter XI: How to Seek Measure

Capo Ferro Chapter X: The Defense & the Guard

You can find links to all the chapters I’ve interpreted in the Historical Fencing section of the site.

I’m using two translations as my sources. The Swanger/Wilson translation of Capo Ferro’s book (download it here) and Tom Leoni’s version. Both are solid, but have weird translation issues that make more sense when each version is compared to one another. It helps to get a rounder view of the material.

This chapter we start to get a little more into the hows. We’ve spent a lot of time on theory/philosophy and a bit on body posture. This chapter looks at the guard — specifically your “on guard” guard. Continue reading Capo Ferro Chapter X: The Defense & the Guard

Capo Ferro Chapter IX: The Thighs, the Legs, the Feet, and the Stance

Today’s all about the legs.

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You can find links to all the chapters I’ve interpreted in the Historical Fencing section of the site.

I’m using two translations as my sources. The Swanger/Wilson translation of Capo Ferro’s book (download it here) and Tom Leoni’s version. Both are solid, but have weird translation issues that make more sense when each version is compared to one another. It helps to get a rounder view of the material. Continue reading Capo Ferro Chapter IX: The Thighs, the Legs, the Feet, and the Stance

Capo Ferro Chapter VIII: The Arms

Last chapter, we looked at the proper position of the body, and before that, the head. Today we look at where those gangly limbs called arms are supposed to go.

bigamsYou can find links to all the chapters I’ve interpreted in the Historical Fencing section of the site.

I’m using two translations as my sources. The Swanger/Wilson translation of Capo Ferro’s book (download it here) and Tom Leoni’s version. Both are solid, but have weird translation issues that make more sense when each version is compared to one another. It helps to get a rounder view of the material. Continue reading Capo Ferro Chapter VIII: The Arms

Capo Ferro Chapter VII: The Body

In Chapter VI, we looked at where your head should be when on guard, seeking measure and then attacking. We continue with “Where your damn body parts should be” with the body.

You can find links to all the chapters I’ve interpreted in the Historical Fencing section of the site.

In previous chapters, I’ve used the Swanger/Wilson translation of Capo Ferro’s book (download it here). It’s relatively solid but some things definitely get confusing or lost in translation. I was also  lent Tom Leoni’s version, so I’m using both to get a rounder view of the material. Continue reading Capo Ferro Chapter VII: The Body

Capo Ferro Chapter VI: The Body, Beginning with the Head

In the first five chapters, we looked at a lot of background & fencing theory. We’re still in that realm with the next few chapters, but we’re concentrating more on body mechanics.

You can find links to all the chapters I’ve interpreted in the Historical Fencing section of the site.

In previous chapters, I’ve used the Swanger/Wilson translation of Capo Ferro’s book (download it here). It’s relatively solid but some things definitely get confusing or lost in translation. I was also  lent Tom Leoni’s version, so I’m using both to get a rounder view of the material.

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“The head is truly important” because it can assess measure and tempi.

AKA… a mind is a terrible thing to waste. Continue reading Capo Ferro Chapter VI: The Body, Beginning with the Head