Exciting News – Agrippa Book!

Ken Mondeschein has done us all the favor of translating Agrippa’s fencing treatise!

You can buy it here, and anyone who is interested in rapier in any form should buy this book. It is only $20, which is a phenomenal price for an english translation. The Thibault translation is currently selling for about $40, Meyer for more than $50, and Tom Leoni’s fabulous Fabris translation appears to be over a hundred dollars not what it’s out of print – I believe it was about $50 new.

Agrippa’s treatise is shorter, but it is just as important as (in some ways more important than) Fabris’ or Meyer’s works.

Buy it, read it, love it.

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Published in: on September 23, 2009 at 1:51 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A Good Practice

Yesterday I started what I hope will become a routine, and took two of my friends out to introduce them to English swordsmanship and quarterstaff, with a focus on Swetnam. One of them worked with me in the early days of my Italian rapier work (we were far too influenced by sport fencing), and the other has some sport fencing experience.

This is both a blessing and a curse. They know what a lunge is, have experience manipulating their bodies for an antagonistic purpose, and are comfortable holding a weapon. They also drift into incorrect guards and put far too much weight on their front feet.

Overall, this is exciting, and I plan to use our practice sessions to tie together my bits and pieces into a coherent, cohesive understanding of early 17th century English fencing.

Published in: on September 22, 2009 at 3:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Sabre

I went back to sport fencing for the first time in a while, and had a lot of fun with sabre. I got to teach some beginners and bout some folks I haven’t fenced in a long time. I did come away sporting a bruise on my clavicle, which is very unusual for me – I don’t bruise easily.

All said and done, it was a good time, and I think I’ll be back next week.

Published in: on September 17, 2009 at 10:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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