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Alfieri Part 2, Chapter VI: On Wounding in Quarta From a Firm Foot (Plate 6)

Been a while since I’ve updated this. I’ve put Capoferro on hold (for now) to give Francesco Ferdiando Alfieri a read. A new translation edition of his fencing treatise La Scherma came out over the fall. You can snag a copy over on Amazon if you want to follow along.

Since La Scherma was originally printed in 1640, it’s closer to my SCA persona’s period (1630s). Post-period, but a lot of rapier manuals we use in the SCA are. *Shrugs*

I’ll eventually dig into Book 1, which is more the theory and philosophy stuff. But I want to dive right into Book 2, which has the sexy “How to Actually Kill a Swordbro” plates.

Let’s dig in to the first plate & plays. Continue reading Alfieri Part 2, Chapter VI: On Wounding in Quarta From a Firm Foot (Plate 6)

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It’s Hardest To See Your Progress Through a Mask

I know sometimes my sword-friends get frustrated with their skill development. Been there. Still there some days.

So here’s a little reminder. It’s hardest to see your progress through a mask.

When you get better the people around you get better. You make them better and, in turn, they make you better. It’s a leap-frogging cycle that makes measuring your progress frustrating at best and disheartening at worst.

But it’s so worth it for when things click. It’s worth it to prove to yourself that you can.

So when you feel that frustration build to a boil, take off your mask. Step away from the lists. Get feedback from people you trust. Tell the self-doubt to fuck off. And keep grinding away at those XPs.

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

Pennsic XLV Melee Champs Post-Mortem

This year marked my third time as Pennsic Melee Champs coordinator for the East Kingdom. I chose the team a little differently this year, and I want to document the process here so both the East Kingdom and our rapier community understand the process, plus act as a resource for future coordinators.

Background

Little background for some context.

My first year as coordinator, I inherited a team already chosen and co-commanded with (then) His Grace Duke Kenric. The second year, I got to choose the team but co-commanded with the Midrealm’s commander. Bother years we lost and of no lack of effort. This year, I got to choose the team and solo command. Despite organizing things the past couple of years, this was the first time it truly felt like my team in every aspect.

I knew most of the EK “hot sticks” were going to the Single’s Team, and I didn’t want to throw another “All-Star” team on the field as that hadn’t really worked either in the past two years. I wanted strong melee combatants. Folks who work well as a team. Communicate well. Work hard. Fight hard. In short: soldiers.

I also only wanted to choose from a pool of people who showed interest in the team and was willing to put in the work to be on the team. No one would make it based off reputation alone. Everyone needed to earn their way onto the team. So I did a string of tryout/practices to see who those people where.
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