Category Archives: Theory

French Authors’ Use of the False Attacks and Feints

I.  Introduction Recently, I’ve been trying to drill down on the French authors’ conceptual and mechanical distinctions between fausse attaques—i.e., false attacks—and feints.  Although ostensibly different, it appeared to me that the boundaries between false attacks and feints could easily … Continue reading

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Retenue du Corps

Over the next several weeks, CCF members will continue to hone skills as we improve our retenue du corps, or restraint of the body.  Retinue du corps is that precious quality by which the fencer who wants to attack is … Continue reading

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Easier to Use Fencing Terms Page

Thanks to Patrick’s efforts, our Fencing Terms page has grown to well over 250 terms from the Classical period, and the list continues to grow.  Alphabetical links now make navigating the document easier. You can now more easily jump from … Continue reading

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French Fencing Sources on Using the Unarmed Hand to Parry or Oppose an Incoming Blade

Early in western fencing’s history, the nonsword hand played an important role.  And, as usual, Italian masters led the way. Achille Marozzo’s 1536 Opera Nova instructed readers as to how to hold a sword and a buckler.  For a multitude … Continue reading

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Fencing & World War II Military Theory

Sir Basil H. Liddell-Hart was a mid-20th century British military strategist.  And, as a strategist, Liddell-Hart wisely stuck to his strengths, writing a book titled Strategy.  As a military historian, Liddell-Hart had examined notable battles; from those studies, he distilled … Continue reading

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