Author Archives: Scott

Smallsword Symposium VIII

The Smallsword Symposium VIII held in Edinburgh is just around the corner, scheduled for October 1st and 2nd. For detailed information about the schedule of events, speakers, accommodations (etc.), see the Black Boar Swordsmanship School.

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Angelo on Elasticity and Recovery

You ought to practice not only to make your thrusts with great quickness and vivacity, but also to deliver them with an elastic disengagement and disposition; and the motion of the body should appear like divers [sic] springs throughout the … Continue reading

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New de La Touche Translation Forthcoming

Reinier van Noort has just announced a forthcoming translation of de La Touche’s seminal work, The True Art of the Single Sword (1670). Combined with plates reworked by Todd Glenn, this translation should be of great interest to enthusiasts of the … Continue reading

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Monsieur de La Touche

Monsieur de La Touche was a 17th Century French Master. He played in integral role in the process of standardizing fencing terms and in establishing a codified method of fencing instruction.  The plate above is from his 1670  Les Vrays … Continue reading

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Angelo on Parries

Originally posted on Columbia Classical Fencing, LLC:
Given our recent focus on structure, and an economy of motion, I thought this quote from Angelo appropriate: OBSERVATIONS ON THE PARADES IN GENERAL A GOOD parade is as necessary and useful when…

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Space Available at the Smallsword Symposium

There are some last-minute spaces available at the 2015 Smallsword Symposium this weekend, Saturday October 10th and Sunday October 11th, in Edinburgh. Details can be found here.

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Hope’s New Method, 1701

Courtesy of the Linacre School of Defense.  You can view Hope’s 1707  treatise on their site, or download a free epub version here.

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Martinez Academy Formal Academia, 2015

This is beautiful, precise fencing — worthy of your attention regardless of your weapon of choice.

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Mid-Atlantic Society for Historic Swordsmanship

Mid-Atlantic Society for Historic Swordsmanship Annapolis, Maryland, USA Founded in 2000, MASHS is a group of dedicated enthusiasts and practitioners who come together to study, analyze, and practice Historical European Swordsmanship and Western Martial Arts.

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Angelo’s Plate XV, “Escrime,” in Encyclopédie

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