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Venetian Rapier by Tom Leoni Of the Single Rapier by Reinier van Noort Proper Description of Thrust-Fencing with the Single Rapier (Johann Georg Pascha)
Venetian Rapier: The School, or Salle
Nicoletto Giganti's 1606 Rapier Fencing Curriculum
with New Introduction, Complete Text Translation, and Original Illustrations
by Tom Leoni


Perhaps no other weapon represents Renaissance Italian fencing like the rapier. But do we know how it was used and how it was taught? This book takes you to the fencing School, or Salle of celebrated renaissance rapier Master Nicoletto Giganti of Venice, one among the period teachers leaving instructions on the use of this weapon. More uniquely, his 1606 text The School, or Salle is a veritable training curriculum, with its stepwise lessons and easy-to-follow explanations on the use of the rapier alone and rapier and dagger. This faithful translation of Giganti’s The School, or Salle by internationally-known rapier teacher Tom Leoni includes the complete text, original illustrations, and an introduction on rapier fencing that will make Giganti’s text easy to follow. If you are a martial artist, a fencer, or have an interest in European martial culture, this book belongs on your shelf.

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Of the Single Rapier: An English translation of Johannes Georgius Bruchius
by Reinier van Noort
Paperback

The original text:
Grondige Beschryvinge van de Edele ende Ridderlijcke Scherm - ofte Wapen-Konste
Thorough Description of the Noble and Knightly Fencing - or Weapon-Art
by Johannes Georgius Bruchius


In 1671, Johannes Georgius Bruchius published the Grondige Beschryvinge van de Edele ende Ridderlijcke Scherm- ofte Wapen-Konste in Leiden, in the Netherlands. In his work, Bruchius described a style of rapier fencing that evolved from the teachings of Fabris. He presents this style through a brief explanation of the principles of fencing followed by 212 lessons.
Bruchius' weapon was the rapier: a dangerous yet elegant sword of the 17th century. Its usage was dynamic and effective, with a focus on personal safety through controlling the opponent's blade. Not only does this treatise discuss bladework by way of thrusts and parries, Bruchius teaches grappling and disarming techniques, and provides many solutions to common problems that occur during fencing practice.

Reinier van Noort first made a draft English translation of Bruchius' treatise available in 2009. In this new book, he presents his fully reworked and improved English translation of this important treatise, along with a detailed biographical study on the fencing master Bruchius.

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Proper Description of Thrust-Fencing with the Single Rapier (Johann Georg Pascha)

Salvator Fabris was arguably the most famous fencing master of the 17th century. After publishing his treatise Lo Schermo in Copenhagen in 1606, Fabris returned to his native Padua. However, his teachings stayed alive in Denmark and Germany, rapidly replacing the older, local styles of fencing.

Johann Georg Pascha was another German fencing master, who published numerous treatises on fencing and other arts young nobles should learn. In 1671, he signed the dedication on a book titled Proper Description of Thrust-Fencing with the Single Rapier, now known by its shelf number Mscr.Dresd.C.13. Pascha writes that this book presents the fencing lessons of master Von und zum Velde, who learned them “in Italy from the famous Salvatore”, to which Pascha added his own lessons about “parrying, as well as holds, and other lessons and guards” to make “a complete fencing book”. Interestingly, British Library Ms 17533 contains the same text as the Dresden manuscript, minus Pascha’s additions, thus allowing for a direct comparison between the two versions of this text.

In this volume, the reader will find a complete translation of Ms.Dresd.C.13 and the illustrations from British Library MS 17533. Additionally, the translators provide a thorough comparison of these two original works, as well as a full discussion on their authorship.

To a modern student of fencing, this work presents a clear introduction to the German style of rapier fencing based on the teachings of Fabris, as well as many useful lessons on thrust-fencing and proceeding with resolution. Furthermore, this book offers an important insight into the early evolution of this lineage, and places many historical figures and publications in their proper context.

Reinier van Noort has been involved with HEMA since 2005, and has been studying fencing with the rapier since 2009. He has published several translations of fencing treatises, such as Bruchius’s Scherm- ofte Wapen-Konste (1671), Köppe’s Newer Discurs (1619), and Di Mazo’s Spada Maestra, and he has taught and competed with the rapier on four continents. Currently, Reinier lives near Oslo, where he teaches with Fekteklubben Frie Duellister, and continues to present his work through Ense et Mente.

Jan Schäfer has been doing historical fencing since 2003, and is especially interested in German-language sources from the 17th and 18th centuries. He teaches from these sources in his home club Schwertspiel e.V. Verein für traditionelle Kampfkünste in Dresden, of which he is a founding member. Furthermore, Jan publishes his research into fencing treatises, their authors, and their context on his well-regarded blog Fechgeschichte.

Reinier and Jan have been collaborating on translations and research projects since 2011, mainly on 17th and 18th century German fencing. This book presents a culmination of many years of fruitful collaboration.


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Cup Hilt Rapier
Cup Hilt Rapier
Price: $299.00
Cup Hilt Rapier made for us by Vicktor Berbekucz in Hungary

V2 - Lighter cup guard, shorter grip.
V1- Prototype