Author Archives: @Dm1n

GEORGE SILVER: Professional Italiophobe

“Heh, you Italians – get off my lawn!” George Silver definitely had some issues with the Italian schools of fence. Let’s take a look at them using Silver’s own words. George Silver wrote his treatise “Paradoxes of Defence” in 1599. … Continue reading

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HALF-SWORDING

Blocking a Murder Strike. Match these positions with the descriptions in the text. From Talhoffer: Note the hooking action into the inside elbow. A thrust from Upper Snake I’ve often seen fight scenes in movies depicting two knights, fully clad … Continue reading

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Additions to Spanish Rapier

I have known Maestros Ramon and Jeanette Martinez for some time now and solicited their comments and corrections my essay on the Destreza. I have studied Spanish rapier play for some time now, but don’t consider myself an expert. Ramon and Jeanette … Continue reading

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THE SMALLSWORD PARRYS

Parry of Prime (1) from the Angelo text Parry of Seconde (2) Parry of Tierce (3) Parry of Quarte (4) Parry of Sixte (6) Parry of Septime (7) Parry of Octave (8) I thought I’d follow up the sabre parrys … Continue reading

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THE FULLER – Myth and Reality

I realize that the main purpose of this site is to examine and share methods of using Western European bladed weapons, but sometimes it’s necessary to also dispel myths. This is one that I recently came across – again – … Continue reading

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The Sabre Parrys

In several articles, I have alluded to number systems for the sabre, so I felt it time to actually post them in pictures as a future reference. Here, you have both side and frontal views of the eight parrys associated … Continue reading

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Sabre Parrys, Side and Front Views

Parry of Octave (8) Septime (7) Parry of Septime (7) Sixte (6) Parry of Sixte (6) Quinte (5) Parry of Quinte (5) Quarte (4) Parry of Quarte (4) Tierce (3) Parry of Tierce (3) Seconde (2) Parry of Seconde (2) … Continue reading

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  KNOW YOUR MASTERS This is the beginning of a new, and I hope, interesting series of essays on the evolution of swordplay. Up until now, we have been looking at individual technique, with attributing references to specific masters. Now, … Continue reading

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