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One Play, One Drill, Many Questions. This article takes one play from Il Fior di Battaglia, and explains in detail why I think it should be done the way we do it in drill.
De Arte Gladiatoria, translation
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What Every Swordsman Should Know About Breathing by Dr. Jaana Wessman. This excellent, short and amusingly written illustrated guide takes you through how breathing actually works.
I have taken a section of the next book in the Mastering the Art of Arms series, Longsword Advanced Techniques and Concepts, added in the photos, and produced it as a pdf. This article explains how to do Fiore’s uber-cool technique, the Punta Falsa.
An analysis of the relationship between the changes in longsword guard positions between Fiore, Vadi, and the Bolognese.
My thoughts on how this guard is formed and used.
A systematic, measurable way to ascertain your maximum lunge length, and how to work towards attaining it.
A sort of table of contents of Capoferro’s Gran Simulacro, useful for all students of his rapier style.
My interpretation of the apparently impossible sequence of actions in the 8th, 9th and 10th plays of the zogho stretto, from the Getty Manuscript.
Perhaps my most important contribution to interpreting Fiore’s Art of Arms was figuring out the tactical implications of the largo/stretto distinction. This article was my first stab at explaining the new paradigm to my colleagues.
An overview of what Fiore says about the guards, and how they should be used.
A 15 page article with insights on training using forms and intervals, to maximise skill progression.
An insight into some of the challenges of translating medieval Italian fencing terms; in this case, meza and tutta, in Il Fior di Battaglia.
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