Category Archives: Theory

Crawley’s Five A’s of French Fencing

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

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Tactical Wheel

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.

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The Cavé in French Swordsmanship

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

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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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