Book Review: “16th C. Single Sword Combat” by Wilson

“Around the same time another invention increased the popularity of swordplay even further—what Marshall McLuhan has called “the making of typographical man.” A cluster of innovations, including movable metal type, oil-based ink, and the wooden handpress, revolutionized learning. For the first time those who taught fencing could have their ideas printed and disseminated. The age…

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Crispness, Smoothness, Quickness

What makes a technique in swordplay appear graceful, fast, and — most of all — effective, is usually the efficiency and precision of the movement. Being able to perform a technique with the least amount of extra movement and in a manner that does the job as directly as possible is essential to high level…

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