Archive for October 2015

Agrippa part deux: Movement   10 comments

In part 1 of my discussion of Agrippa’s fencing system, I focused on the positions that are described in the manual. Importantly I extrapolated a set of “degrees-of-freedom” based on the ways in which the various positions differed from each other. In this posting, I hope to demonstrate the importance of those degrees-of-freedom by describing […]

Posted October 30, 2015 by Gawin in Italian Rapier

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The Blade-Gain, in Modern Times   9 comments

I’ve recently been thinking about how the majority of people at my practice go to great lengths to ward off any and all of my blade gain attempts, keeping their blade free from entanglement entirely. This morning, a thought occurred to me: Most period fencing masters put emphasis on finding/gaining the blade when teaching their […]

Posted October 26, 2015 by Toki Ima in Musings

Breakthroughs   9 comments

Giacomo has a funny story he’ll tell. It goes something like this: Determined to broaden his skills, one evening Giacomo decided to sew a seam on his pants. His wife set him up with a sewing machine, gave some basic instruction, and left him to it. Manfully, Giacomo applied himself to the task. He held […]

Posted October 25, 2015 by Ruairc in Italian Rapier, Journal, Musings, Teaching and Training

Announcement of the Vigil, Prize, and Elevation of Wistric Oftun to the Order of Defense   2 comments

Be it known to all to whom these words come: Their Majesties of Meridies, King Wulfstan and Queen Thorkatla, on the the 10th day of October, 2015, at their Coronation, charged Lord Wistric Oftun with a writ to join the Order of Defense. Therefore, on the evening of the 20th day of November, 2015, at […]

Posted October 15, 2015 by Wistric in Announcements

Rambling: First Blood Part 2   11 comments

It’s been a good year. At the start of it, I pursued physical therapy to correct a twenty-year-long issue with my left shoulder, and experienced firsthand just how difficult it is to access tiny muscles you never knew existed, and re-learn common movement patterns by telling other, bigger muscles to shut up. Shortly after, I […]

Posted October 12, 2015 by Ruairc in Italian Rapier, Journal, Musings

Rambling, Part 1: Plate 32   9 comments

I’ve not posted here in several weeks. This is not reflective of a lack of things to say, or even a lack of free time. Instead I am motivated by the thought that I should be spending more time doing things, rather than merely writing about it, particularly since every week brings some new insight […]

Posted October 10, 2015 by Ruairc in Italian Rapier, Journal, Musings