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The Art & Practice of 16th-Century German Fencing Venetian Infantry Tactical Trainer Katzbalger Tactical Trainer V1
The Art & Practice of 16th-Century German Fencing
A guide to the use of Joachim Meyer's Rappier


Author(s): Robert Rutherfoord

Joachim Meyer (ca. 1537 - 1571) is without doubt one of the most influential fencing masters of the Renaissance. A prolific writer of fencing manuals, his monumental “A Thorough Description of the Free, Chivalric, and Noble Art of Fencing, Showing Various Customary Defenses, Affected and Put Forth with Many Handsome and Useful Drawings” was reprinted, adapted and outright plagiarized for over a century after his death. As a martial artist, he was both the last great master of the medieval Liechtenauer fencing tradition and a young innovator, who combined his native, German traditions with those of the Italian and Spanish fencing masters to create a wholly unique systems of fighting with a vast number of weapons. The centerpiece of his work, however, was the cut-and-thrust “sidesword” or “early rapier” which was rapidly eclipsing the knightly two-handed longsword in popularity. Meyer’s synthesis not only adapted his native art to this Mediterranean weapon, but in some cases, his innovations prefigured the developments of rapier fencing that Italian masters would promote in the next quarter century after his untimely death.
In this first-of-its kind training guide, Robert Rutherfoord unpacks the complex and elegant art of Meyer’s rapier in word and image, including over 200 easy to follow “first person perspective” illustrations and 3D renderings to bring the art to life!

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Ancha Espada Tactical Trainer Falchion Renaissance Basic Trainer V2 Iberian Swordplay: Domingo Luis Godinho's Art of Fencing (1599)

Iberian Swordplay: Domingo Luis Godinho's Art of Fencing (1599)
by Tim Rivera
Paperback

In 1599, during the period when the Portuguese crown was united to the crowns of Castile and Aragon, a Portuguese master-at-arms called Domingo Luis Godinho wrote a manuscript in Spanish entitled Arte de Esgrima (The Art of Fencing). Although Godinho's life is largely a mystery and his text was never published, today his manuscript of utmost relevance in the study of Renaissance Iberian fencing, since it is the only complete treatise discovered so far describing the "Common" or "Vulgar" style of Iberian fencing, first documented in the 15th century, but by Godinho's day, displaced by the new system of La Verdadera Destreza.

The work includes instructions for the single sword, a long-bladed, cut & thrust weapon taught alone and with the use of the shield, buckler, dagger, and cape, as well as paired with a second sword. Godinho's instructions also includes the longest known text on the use of the montante, or two-handed sword, a devastating weapon that was used by soldiers and body-guards, in duels and battlefields, in crowded streets and aboard galleys. Translator Tim Rivera provides a detailed introduction that explains Godinho's relationship to earlier masters of the "Common School" of swordsmanship, and a short primer on the various weapons, guards, parries, footwork and terminology of the tradition.

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Historical Fencing Manual: Rapier-Fencing in the 17th and 18th centuries
Historical Fencing Manual: Rapier-Fencing in the 17th and 18th centuries
by
Francesco Lodà
Paperback


Modern fencing’s origins come from the elegant, and deadly rapier of the late Italian Renaissance. Several schools of rapier fencing existed, amongst which one of the strongest and longest lasting was the Roman-Neapolitan-Sicilian School of swordsmanship (Scuola Romana-Napoletana-Siciliana). Arising from the early, northern school, the southern school dates to 17th-Century, in Rome, then spread throughout the South of Italy and evolved uninterruptedly until the 19th-Century, when it merged with the more mod­ern traditions of fencing.

Historical Fencing Handbook: Rapier-Fencing in the 17th- and 18th-Centuries, is a true, modern fencing manual for training in this tradition, written by a modern master of the art. The texts of the 17th-and 18th-century masters is broken-down, synthesized and arranged into a concise, modern pedagogy, opening a gateway to the southern Italian school for the very first time. Beginning with fundamentals of stance, footwork, attack and defense, the text also covers complex provocations, disarms and grapples, and use of the left-hand dagger – a complete course under one cover!

Bio:

Francesco Lodà has sought to model his life on that of the “swordsman-scholars” of the Renaissance. As a scholar, he has a Ph.D in the History of Religions, and a second Ph. D. in Ancient Civilization and History. He began historical fencing in 1999, gaining the rank of Maestro d’Arme (Master-at-Arms) from the Italian Fencing Federation (F.I.S) and recognition as an athletic trainer by the Italian Olympic Committee. He is a founding member and president of A.I.M.A. - Italian Master-at-Arms Association, a young organization charged with creating a new generation of historical fencing teachers. As an athlete, from 2004 - 2017 he has won over six metals, forty gold, in rapier and sword tournaments throughout Europe and U.S.A., making him the most awarded athlete in competitive rapier fencing.


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