Archive for May 2014

Second Giganti V: Parrying with dagger while passing   3 comments

I often remark that Giganti leaves nuance aside (having addressed theory sufficiently in the first six pages of his first book) and just tells you what to do.  His section on attacking with passing steps starts with the same approach: “If your enemy attacks… you can pass with your foot if you know how to […]

Posted May 28, 2014 by Wistric in Giganti, Italian Rapier

Practicing Principles   Leave a comment

A lot of our pre-melee discussion, in Atlantia and elsewhere, seems to center on assigning people to various roles. Where do we put the junior fighters? Where do we put the senior fighters? Who’s in command? Everyone together? Specialized units? I think Windmasters’ Hill has it right: everyone should be capable everywhere. We shouldn’t ask […]

Posted May 27, 2014 by Ruairc in Melee, Musings

Applied Principles: Awareness, comma, Situational   Leave a comment

This is the last of the core skillsets for melee fighters within my framework. There’s plenty more to melee, of course, but as with tournament fencing, a lot of it is simply refining these basics. This section is also on the shakiest ground, as I’ve mostly moved beyond the hard truths contained in measure, tempo, […]

Posted May 27, 2014 by Ruairc in Melee

Preparing for my “A” Game – Wistric   1 comment

To start: I don’t think I know anybody who can talk about their “A” game without sounding pompous.  Hopefully this won’t sound overly pompous and will actually be useful.  What I sincerely hope is that people talk about how to defeat my kind of “A” game so that readers will learn more than just “stretch […]

Posted May 22, 2014 by Wistric in Musings

Preparing for my “A” game – Dante   1 comment

Ed: With Ruby Joust this weekend, we thought we’d give a little insight into tourney mindset, starting with Dante di Pietro’s discussion of his mental state before, during, and after a fight.  Good luck at Ruby, everybody!   First, let me define what I mean when I am speaking about my “A” game. I think […]

Posted May 22, 2014 by Wistric in Musings

Applied Principles: Maneuver and Cohesion   Leave a comment

We’re starting to push up against the limits of these simplified principles, but we can go a little further. In a melee, units form into lines precisely because it is a very safe formation (at least, at first glance). It’s hard for anyone, on either side, to attack effectively, so everyone is pretty safe. Cohesion […]

Posted May 21, 2014 by Ruairc in Melee

Applied Principles: The 2v1   Leave a comment

These simplified Italian principles give junior-level fighters a way to process the chaos of melee, to focus their limited Attention in the right places, and to interpret the fight from the sidelines. However, to build up from individual swords and individual actions to a full melee, we’re going to have to add more people. Principles […]

Posted May 20, 2014 by Ruairc in Melee

Principles of Melee, Mk. 2   10 comments

I’m teaching a class at Sergeants & Scholars next week. Might as well lay it out here, for my benefit and yours. This will also allow me to expound on a few tangential topics and theoretical underpinnings, while I’ll have to keep things relatively short and simple at S&S. We have a certain way of […]

Posted May 14, 2014 by Ruairc in Melee

The Only Four Actions you will Ever Need   2 comments

I am, I think, when bored or feeling mischievous given to relying on axioms that may or may not be completely accurate, or contain all the necessary nuance to enable true understanding (for instance, “Point control is a myth”).  Sometimes the point is to elicit questions that bring enlightenment.  Usually the point is to provide […]

Posted May 8, 2014 by Wistric in Musings

Weekly Warfare – 3 – Fighting strength   Leave a comment

Ed: In the third part of the series, Iskender discusses weight training. In my first article, I briefly mentioned strength. Strength can be divided into two categories – how much mass you can move, and how fast you can move it. This article will discuss how you can move more mass. It will be geared […]

Posted May 5, 2014 by Wistric in Musings