ARN - (near) Period Fencing Manual
aborman at provalue.net
Fri Mar 24 08:51:42 PST 2000
I have recently discovered Palla's Armanta, an English fencing manual published 1639.
( on HACA, the Historical Armed Combat Association http://www.thehaca.com/masters.htm )
This is an exciting find for me, since it validates my personal style, and will work in an SCA context, I believe, providing high survivability and greater success.
If you study this manual, you will see that he typically provides a move and a series of possible counters. (Later chapters provide counters to the counter moves) So there is no "one" sure-fire move, and the winner will be the one who can best execute the sound principles of swordplay.
I particularly recommend this to anyone who feels like their growth has stagnated or anyone who feels lost on attack.
I'd be happy to discuss this, or other manuals with anyone.
( Other source for online manuals: Academy of European Medeival Martial Arts http://www.aemma.org/index2.htm )
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