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Refereeing in Historical Fencing: Consistency & Communication

Refereeing in Historical Fencing: Consistency & Communication

When it comes to Historical Fencing, few things draw more intense community discussion than that of rules and scoring at HEMA events.  This should come as no surprise – everyone’s motives and goals for taking part in Historical Martial Arts are different, and so everyone is looking for the ideal ruleset which captures what it isRead more about Refereeing in Historical Fencing: Consistency & Communication[…]

Meyer’s Rappier vs Viggiani’s Sidesword: A VERY Brief Comparison

Meyer’s Rappier vs Viggiani’s Sidesword: A VERY Brief Comparison

In an earlier post concerning hand positions in Meyer’s rappier while thrusting I briefly mentioned a comparison to roughly contemporary Italian sidesword styles.  While I’m certainly not the first to do this, it seems that the comparison is most often made with Marozzo of the Bolognese method.  In this post we’ll veer slightly away fromRead more about Meyer’s Rappier vs Viggiani’s Sidesword: A VERY Brief Comparison[…]

Interpreting Meyer’s Rappier: Chambering the Thrust in 2.75V ?

Interpreting Meyer’s Rappier: Chambering the Thrust in 2.75V ?

While Meyer’s longsword appears to have had an ongoing practitioner base for many years, his rappier system (which seemed to exist in the shadow of the longsword and dussack parts of the 1570 text) has been rising in popularity quite slowly in comparison.   Happily the readership of this part of the text has increasedRead more about Interpreting Meyer’s Rappier: Chambering the Thrust in 2.75V ?[…]

Examining Meyer’s Footwork Diagrams: The Divided Circle

Examining Meyer’s Footwork Diagrams: The Divided Circle

While Meyer is more specific than most German masters on the topic of footwork, there is still a lot left unsaid within his various texts on how and where one should move.  Throughout the text, though, he does provide at least some diagramatic assistance on footwork, generally scattered throughout his illustrations. One of the mostRead more about Examining Meyer’s Footwork Diagrams: The Divided Circle[…]