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Class Notes: ‘Abridged’ Capo Ferro

The following is the handout and notes from my “Abridged Capo Ferro” class, based off Capo Ferro’s manual, but more specifically, a drill/video by the talented Guy Windsor. Additional and great resources are listed at the end of the post.

This a constant work-in-progress. You can download a PDF version here.


 

Goal: To teach the basic techniques of “what counters what” in Capoferro’s rapier system. This is based off a drill created by Guy Windsor. Video of the drill can be seen below.

The Basis: Skilled Italian fencers know to stringer (constrain) their opponent’s blade before attacking. Doing this limits their opponent’s options of attack. The most common attack after being stringered is a thrust by ways of a cavazione (disengage).

This makes our opponent’s predictable. This is good for us! Continue reading Class Notes: ‘Abridged’ Capo Ferro

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Class Notes: Finding & Gaining the Blade the Italian Way

The following is the handout and notes from my finding/gaining the blade class, based off Capo Ferro’s manual. Additional and great resources are listed at the end of the post.

This a constant work-in-progress. You can download a PDF version here.


 

Step one of every duel is the same — not die. The longer you can stay alive, the better. Stringering (controlling/finding) your opponent’s blade is a simple and effective way of doing that. Continue reading Class Notes: Finding & Gaining the Blade the Italian Way

Capo Ferro Chapter II: The Definition of Fencing , and It’s Explanation

Earlier this week, we looked Chapter 1 of Capo Ferro’s fencing manual, which was heavy on the philosophy and explaining what fencing is and the like. You can read that post here.

This post will look at Chapter II, which covers the definition of fencing… because apparently 22 sub-sections in chapter I of what fencing is wasn’t enough.

If you’d like to follow along with the translation I’m using, download it here.

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Capo Ferro pulling the ol’ college trick of defining what his paper is about.

“Fencing is an art of defending oneself well with a sword.”

I guess the key word here is well. If you’re defending yourself with a sword but sucking at it… are you fencing?

Continue reading Capo Ferro Chapter II: The Definition of Fencing , and It’s Explanation

Capo Ferro Chapter 1: Of Fencing in General

I’m going to skip all the front matter sections of Capo Ferro’s “Great Representation of the Art and Use of Fencing” since it’s just a preface, a note to the sixth Duke of Urbino (who was just five years old when this treatise was published), and a note to the reader. There’s nothing overly exciting or paramount that’ll effect our study of Capo Ferro’s Italian rapier techniques, but it’s cool to read for a sense of time and place.

Note: If you want to follow along my same resource, I’m working off the translation by Jerek Swanger and William E. Wilson, available here.

Chapter 1 is entitled “Of Fencing In General” and is broken up into 22 tiny sub-sections. This post will just be a quick summary of what’s mentioned. It’s very much philosophical and theoretical (which I think is important to know and learn to truly understand where Capo Ferro’s coming from, but not necessarily to master the moves). Future posts will be the meat of the technical knowledge.

Warning: My interpretations below may get snarky in spots. Sorry, not sorry. Continue reading Capo Ferro Chapter 1: Of Fencing in General

VIDEO: Pennsic Rapier Heroic Champions Bouts

Last year I was in the Pennsic Rapier Melee Champions bout; this year I “lost” my way into the singles/heroic team.*

Video all twelve fights just got uploaded to Youtube. Lots of varying styles and techniques. My fight begins at 21:34 against Don John Drake. He’s an amazing fencer and a super fun fight. He also does Italian rapier (I believe he does di Grassi) and won the By the Book tourney at Pennsic this year, so I was really excited to get paired up with him. I figured it’d be an entertaining bout for those watching.

I’m the dashing rogue in all black with a blue sash on the right side of the screen.

Continue reading VIDEO: Pennsic Rapier Heroic Champions Bouts