Author: Andrea Morini

15th and 16th century Italian wrestling analogies

  Wrestling, in any era, culture and geographic era, is an archaic aspect of man, as a game, during the growth, and also as a ritual and sport activity. At the same time it is a fundamental and essential part in a warrior’s martial preparation. German fencing treatises from the XV and XVI century clearly show how much attention was paid to wrestling, at least in Central Europe: just bear in mind the essays by Ott Jud, or by Fabian von Auerswald, or the Das Buch von Füßringen, or the Kunstlicher stuck Kämpffens Ringens und Werffens. Only a little...

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About the flat parry

In the world of historical fencing, and particularly the fascinating field of research, we sometimes face scholars who express less well-founded hypotheses on certain topics. The question of parrying with the flat instead of the edge, for example, is a recurring topic that causes somewhat curious and, at the same time, interesting debates. Our  thoughts can be summarized as follows: the parry “par excellence”, as an action seeking to stop the opponent’s blow, done in a way that does not lead to uncertainties in the control of the blade and the point, must necessarily be made with the edge. The flat...

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