Category Archives: Quote

Angelo on Tempo

In all attacks, whether Cut or Thrusts, the motion ought to increase in velocity, the greatest force being given at the last: the same rule should be observed in stepping out to the Second and Third Positions; but in recovering, … Continue reading

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Angelo on Parries

Given our recent focus on structure, and an economy of motion, I thought this quote from Angelo appropriate: OBSERVATIONS ON THE PARADES IN GENERAL A GOOD parade is as necessary and useful when well executed, as it is dangerous and … Continue reading

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Blackwell on Passion

Henry Blackwell had advice for the fencer about passion and presence of mind. Though he said it in 1702, it seems very appropriate when facing an adversary today.E

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The Art of Never Being Killed or Wounded in a Duel

The estimable Phil Crawley recently posted this excerpt to the Smallsword Symposium group. Given the gravity of a legitimate duel, this is refreshing approach from an entirely different direction. This is reblogged here with Mr. Crawley’s permission. By the care … Continue reading

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Angelo on Mounting and Choosing a Blade

Domenico Angelo’s L’Ecole des Armes Several historic texts on small sword and classical fencing have withstood the test of time.  Few have resonated as well as Domenico Angelo’s L’Ecole des Armes, originally written in French and published in London in … Continue reading

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