Category Archives: Theory
Patrick MorganHead Instructor, Columbia Classical Fencing, LLC. Scott A. WrightInstructor, QueenCityClassicalFencing.comCurator, SmallswordProject.com In 1766, Guillaume Danet published the first of two volumes of L’Art des Armes. Volume I was Danet’s attempt to reassert the supremacy of the French school of … Continue reading
“To touch and not be touched” Attributed to Molière, “toucher et ne pas l’être” is the axiom of classical fencing, and the CCF motto. It is avoiding the dreaded double-touch by putting theory of self-preservation into practice. This is in … Continue reading
Phil Crawley, Provost with the Black Boar Swordsmanship School and administrator with the Smallsword Symposium, has gleaned these 5 themes of French fencing from a number of 18th and 19th Century texts. They are presented here with his permission, and … Continue reading
Thanks to Nason for creating a digital copy of the Fencing Tactical Wheel. A version in PDF format can be found via the link on the attachment page here.
French fencing masters wrote about the cavé (pronounced cahv-ay) as a distinct fencing action. In French, caver means to cave in or collapse. The cavé thus described how a fencer would change or position his wrist or body to create a sharp angle—“caving in” from, … Continue reading