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P.Eklund

Vasaslaget Longsword tournament, Uppsala, Sweden, 2014.Photo: Petter Eklund
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Vasaslaget Longsword tournament, Uppsala, Sweden, 2014.

Photo: Petter Eklund

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Andreas Engström, sabre instructor and researcher at Gothenburg Historical Fencing School.photo:Daniel Nilsson
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Andreas Engström, sabre instructor and researcher at Gothenburg Historical Fencing School.

photo:Daniel Nilsson

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Di Grassi, 1594.
In a right lead, the sword defines the right-most border of the fight. The short circle step (right foot moves on the diagonal, left compasses behind so you align again on the threat at the center of the circle your action scribes) is the short way to maintain that border while quartering on the enemy. The slant or slope step (a pass of the left from behind to before, on the left diagonal) causes you to enter while moving off of the straight line that the enemy’s thrust is coming in on.
All thrusts are voided by a slope step to the left, while the mandritto nearly exclusively is dealt with by the right circle step. With single sword, the mandritto is warded by the sword in stoccata at the face or stomach, so that it intersects the cut as close to perpendicular as possible. With shield, the shield wards in the same time as a riposte. With sword and dagger, you can ward with the dagger alone (catching the front half of the enemy’s sword), the sword alone (same as before, but step in to wound with the dagger in the same time), or the sword and dagger together, where you meet with both of the weapons on the first half of their blade, stay their weapon with one of yours and riposte in the same time as the staying.
Every slope step is immediately followed by a pass of the right foot on the straight line to the opponent.
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elsegno:

Di Grassi, 1594.

In a right lead, the sword defines the right-most border of the fight. The short circle step (right foot moves on the diagonal, left compasses behind so you align again on the threat at the center of the circle your action scribes) is the short way to maintain that border while quartering on the enemy. The slant or slope step (a pass of the left from behind to before, on the left diagonal) causes you to enter while moving off of the straight line that the enemy’s thrust is coming in on.

All thrusts are voided by a slope step to the left, while the mandritto nearly exclusively is dealt with by the right circle step. With single sword, the mandritto is warded by the sword in stoccata at the face or stomach, so that it intersects the cut as close to perpendicular as possible. With shield, the shield wards in the same time as a riposte. With sword and dagger, you can ward with the dagger alone (catching the front half of the enemy’s sword), the sword alone (same as before, but step in to wound with the dagger in the same time), or the sword and dagger together, where you meet with both of the weapons on the first half of their blade, stay their weapon with one of yours and riposte in the same time as the staying.

Every slope step is immediately followed by a pass of the right foot on the straight line to the opponent.

Swedish fencer Christoffer Holm lands a thrust in the Bergen longsword Open 2013
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Swedish fencer Christoffer Holm lands a thrust in the Bergen longsword Open 2013

Iacoppo Venni of Italy with an original Marozzo manuscript and an original sword from the collection of Roberto Gotti, an historical fencing researcher, collector and instructor.
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Iacoppo Venni of Italy with an original Marozzo manuscript and an original sword from the collection of Roberto Gotti, an historical fencing researcher, collector and instructor.

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Fencing to the Bloom
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Fencing to the Bloom

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