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Sidesword VB, V2
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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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Venetian Infantry 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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Marozzo Bolognese Long Dagger Trainer
The blade does not flex on thrusting, but provides good simulation for moderate level training.

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