The Cut and Thrust of the Thing: Fencing Questions
After making at least one visit to pretty much every training hall within a fifty mile radius, I have finally decided to train at a place called The Jack of Swords.
Here is their website: http://www.thejackofswords.com
I have decided upon the Spanish Rapier since, according to what I have read, the Rapier is the most realistic of the "fencing weapons" (i.e. foil, sabre, epee) besides the sabre.
There are two other styles and I was wondering if anyone can tell me the difference between the Italian, Spanish, and French styles of Rapier swordplay.
I could tell you but then i would have to kill you. I love rapier and dager fencing.
Originally Posted by wagamichi
What style did you study?
Can you give me any suggestions on finding practice blades?
(Sorry I can't reply sooner, but I have a dental appointment at 11:00. Be back soon!)
It was italian. So much racial bigotry with a lot of these groups... I think it is amusing that it is realy about the same ****. That link you gave looked good. Be wary of being sold olympic style fencing with a dull rapier blade.
I only did it for about a year back when i was in pre-kicked out of collage. I also would warn you that...Even though they all claim that this is the un-changed historic methode used in the rennesance bla bla bla... It is some dudes interpretation of manuals and writtings from the rennesance. I know i am going to get blasted for sying that. But show me a vid of a 17century sword deuel. Yea.
Fencing is all that is really left. A good swordsman with a knack for understanding the historic texts, the manuals and drawings, and that understands the dynamics of the weapon can come up with what i belive to be a fully functioning, Mostly historicly accurate interpretaion of period methods. My point is...do not worry about where they say it came from or what method they say it is...or how it was handed down father to son bla bla bla...just find a school that teaches logical and practical sword skills...Then buy a really cool cane sword!
As far as practice blades for rapier fencing.
The video Blow By Blow Guide to Sword Fighting in The Renaissance, Will show you how to turn a standerd epee blade into a usable faux rapier for training.
Last edited by wagamichi; 6/19/2006 12:15pm at .
I have been reading several histories of the art, and they say that the Italian school was the best. The french nobles mostly employed italian teachers and their system most likely derives from italian. The spanish style, unfortunately the only one that I have time to take, was basicly the ____ng ___un of the rapier world. The guy that created it basically derived his principles from geometry, and practitioners were asked to envision a sphere around them, the blade was supposed to pass over predetermined lines on the sphere. Everyone made fun of it, but there was another style that sprang up ignoring that fools text entirely.
Originally Posted by wagamichi
Rapier and Dagger sounds fun, but I would probably prefer Cloak and Rapier.
The idea of weighing down my opponants sword before I strike is cool, and having one hand covered so I can use it to block seems nice too.
Would you mind posting a pic of your blade?
If you do, I will post a pic of the one that I intend to buy.
This is a discussion about the differences between fencing STYLES, Jon, not a discussion about firearms or the quality of steel in weapons, therefore it deserves to be here.
Ahhh! Sorry, thought armory was for everthing weapons related... Of course I should be sleeping to go back to work tonight, not surfing the web. I plead exhaustion.
Originally Posted by jonathan_sicari
Typically, since Kendo and Kumdo are regular topics and are considered styles of martial arts, I think fencing (at least with the Rapier) deserves similar billing.
I fought Sabre in my college fencing club. Sabre was the only one that seemed "realistic" enough to be worth studying. It was fun and because of it I can whip ass on most of my friends when anyone picks up a stick but I eventually went to Muay Thai instead.
I don't have much to say except I'd try to do Sabre. I wish I could get an old poster to answer you. Ronin69 where art thou.