A man in armor has kneeled over two circles painted on the floor. In his left hand he holds an open book and a pen in his right, with which he is drawing intriguing, perhaps alchemical, symbols on the outer rim of the circle. Seven symbols are visible, but their meaning unknown to us. The … Continue Reading ››
I am a little worried. Now, I tend to worry about things so it isn't anything unusual, but when it concerns people's safety and the way historical fencing community (and the activity itself) appears, I must voice my opinion and share my concerns. During the last five years or so I believe the greatest development (or change) … Continue Reading ››
I made a gallery of the guard positions used in the Bolognese tradition. There are some variation in how the Bolognese masters described the sets of guards they decided to use in their works, and here I have selected the ones I use the most.
Two of the most fundamental aspects of Bolognese swordsmanship (and other styles just as well) are the guards, the positions that outline the physical movements within the style, and cuts and other attacks that effectively are these movements. These two aspects are inseparable, as described by Angelo Viggiani and other masters. Pedagogically I believe these two need … Continue Reading ››