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Fencing: priority over oncoming traffic

Fencing: priority over oncoming traffic

In a previous post, we looked at the priority weapons, foil and sabre, attempting to untangle the issues of fencing time and what constitutes priority over oncoming traffic. In short, priority (or right-of-way as it is also known) is the set of rules used to determine who is awarded the point when there is a … Fencing: priority over oncoming traffic Read More » ...
The Light of Life – Video Showcase

The Light of Life – Video Showcase

I have no idea how to pronounce Akademia Szermierzy, but what matters is the showcase video the Polish crew have put out on their YouTube channel  – The Light of Life: fencing with epee, sabre, rapier and longsword. ...
What defines a parry?

What defines a parry?

According to Article t.7 (old 10) of the FIE Rules of Competition, “the parry is the defensive action made with the weapon to prevent the offensive action from arriving”. Prevent is the key word. A successful parry deflects the threatening blade away from the target. Most referees are listening for the contact, giving the benefit … What defines a parry? Read More » ...
Beginners’ Sword and Buckler (from I.33)

Beginners’ Sword and Buckler (from I.33)

‘The devil of hell does not dare attempt that which the wanton monk dares, and the old woman full of wiles.’ The manuscript I.33 (the Royal Armouries catalogue number) is the oldest known manuscript depicting European fighting arts. It is dated to approximately 1295. It shows a Priest teaching a student or Scholar how to … Beginners’ Sword and Buckler (from I.33) Read More » ...
Currently reading: Dark Ages – Martin J. Dougherty

Currently reading: Dark Ages – Martin J. Dougherty

The ‘Dark Ages’, from the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the fifth century through to the beginning of the medieval era in the eleventh century, have often been crudely depicted as an era of mass illiteracy, ignorance and of terrifying heathen hordes swarming across the European continent, leaving devastation in their wake. ...