Because of this it’s always interesting to go back and look at the source material on its own, and look at the work of other martial artists who have dedicated themselves to a particular weapon, system, manual, or master. I like seeing how different people can interpret the same instructions in totally different ways–and both be correct!
So grab a pencil and a book, and explore swordplay through someone else’s eyes. Keep notes:
-What terminology do they use that you use?
-What terminology do they use that you don’t use?
-What terminology do they use that looks the same, but means something else?
If you ever have questions about different interpretations and you happen to be in the Duello area, most of our instructors and a good number of students would probably love to discuss them (after class, of course).
Also, I would love to hear your recommendations for books that have helped to develop your martial skills, whether they are period manuals or modern instructional books.
Fiore dei Liberi’s Armizare: The Chivalric Martial Arts System of Il Fior di Battaglia by Robert N. Charrette is now available in the Academie Duello store. It is a most welcome addition to Venetian Rapier and the Complete Renaissance Swordsman as reference books that complement Academie Duello classes, both of which are back in stock.
We also have the much-requested Swords and Swordsmen back in stock, and I have heard rumours of an upcoming translation of Capoferro coming out in the next month or so. It’s an exciting time to be a swordwielding bibliophile.
See you in the store!