Archive for October, 2009

WMAW retrospective

October 6th, 2009 | 3 Comments

It’s been a week since WMAW and I’m finally amost caught up on sleep. For those who don’t know, WMAW is the Western Martial Arts Workshop, a four day western martial arts conference at the DeKoven Center in Racine, WI. I had the most amazing and wonderful time.  In addition to seeing guys who I [...]

Training Diary Lesson Four, October 6, 2009

October 6th, 2009 | No Comments

Having visited all the dagger lines, we started in on the meat of the material. We are starting with finding the sword with the dagger at the beginning of the action. Further, all dagger counter parry actions are done at the master’s choice, such that any one of the reposts (or initial attack), will succeed. [...]

Training Diary Lesson Three, October 2, 2009

October 6th, 2009 | No Comments

This lesson was considerably more difficult than the previous lessons. Some of the dagger actions were especially challenging, and we canned a few actions after trying them. Note to self, eat dinner before lesson. I was crabby and tired, which didn’t help much. From Master’s invitation on the inside line, straight thrust. In time, when [...]

Training Diary Lesson Two, September 29, 2009

October 2nd, 2009 | No Comments

This is my second lesson with Puck. This time, we actually made it through to a full hour lesson. We continued our work with the dagger oppositions and added passing steps to the end of attacks. That is, making Capoferro’s passata sotto, and subsequent low running attack part of the lesson. I’ll try and get video of exactly what we mean by that later.

We also introduce dagger parry notation here. The dagger parries are notated as if the dagger was another sword held in the left hand. Therefore assuming a right handed fencer: Parry 1 defends the fencer’s low outside; parry 2, the low inside; 3, the high inside; and 4, the high outside.

Further, dagger “parries” as we are doing them are done in single tempo, we thought that this was better than saying “dagger counterattack in 3rd”. Dagger counterparries are done in dui tempi of course.

Rapier Lesson September 29, 2009

October 2nd, 2009 | No Comments

This week my student and I continued the theme from last week, and switched lines in the decision tree. He’s also going to be authorizing in the SCA on Saturday, so we left out the cut in favor of an arrest to head or arm. From Instructor’s invitation on the inside line, straight thrust to [...]

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I am a fencing coach at Davis Fencing Academy, the Epee coach for the UC Davis Fencing Club, and an historical fencer. I hold a Provost at Arms certificate from the San Jose State Fencing Masters Program.

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