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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[…]

Back to Basics 1 – Fundamentals and Footwork in Meyer

Back to Basics 1 – Fundamentals and Footwork in Meyer

Our first look at the basics will concentrate on a few of the fundamentals of the Meyer system, particularly with an eye to contrasting them with earlier traditions and establishing a firm foundation upon which we will build our art. The learning objectives for this post are to gain an understanding of: Meyers divisions ofRead more about Back to Basics 1 – Fundamentals and Footwork in Meyer[…]