Category Archives: History

Escrime Motion Studies, 1890

Étienne-Jules Marey was a French scientist and pioneer in several fields. His early work was in medicine, studying blood flow, but his studies ventured into locomotion where he engaged photographic analysis. His achievements include development of early motion photographic techniques … Continue reading

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Colonel Thomas Monstery, and the Training of Jaguarina, America’s Champion Swordswoman

Originally posted on Martial Arts New York:
“In the encounter with Monstery, at the end of a four hours’ bout neither of the parties had gained a point, and the combat was declared a draw.” ? During the late nineteenth…

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1924 Fencing Demonstration

Given the upcoming Olympic Games, this video is again being shared in the fencing community. If you have not seen it, you will likely find it interesting. It features Gaudin, Ducret, and Parrodon with multiple weapons. Classical fencers will recognize … Continue reading

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French Sailors Practice Sabre Salute

The Lumiere brothers captured vignettes of daily life between 1889 and 1900 on motion picture film. In this montage, French sailors are seen practicing a sabre salute on deck. The salute starts at  29:15. Our thanks goes out to Rodney … Continue reading

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Foin

Foin /fɔɪn/ Archaic. Etymology: From Old French foene, Latin fuscina (trident). noun (plural foins) a thrust or any varying thrusting weapon. verb (foins, foining, foined) to thrust with a sword or stab. See also French: fouine (a marten).

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