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Venetian Rapier
Nicoletto Giganti's 1606 Rapier Fencing Curriculum

By Tom Leoni

Venetian Rapier
Paperback, 80 pages £16.00
Published: 2010
ISBN: 9780982591123
Format: 254mm x 178mm
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Subjects: Freelance Academy Press, History, Military History


Perhaps no other weapon represents Renaissance Italian fencing like the rapier. But do we know how it was used and how it was taught? This book takes you to the fencing School, or Salle, of celebrated renaissance rapier Master Nicoletto Giganti of Venice, one among the period teachers leaving instructions on the use of this weapon. More uniquely, his 1606 text The School, or Salle is a veritable training curriculum, with its stepwise lessons and easy-to-follow explanations on the use of the rapier alone and rapier and dagger. This faithful translation of Giganti's The School by internationally-known rapier teacher Tom Leoni includes the complete text, original illustrations, and an introduction on rapier fencing that will make Giganti's text easy to follow. If you are a martial artist, a fencer or have an interest in European martial culture, this book belongs on your shelf.







Acknowlegements

Introduction

    What we know about Giganti

    What we know about Gaganti's 1606 Book

    Giganti's Voice and Language, and a note on the Translation

    Giganti and the Italian Tradition

    What You need to Know to Tackle Gigante

The School, or Salle, by Nicoletto Giganti of Venice, 1606

    The Guards and Counter-guards

    Tempo and Measure

    How to Deliver the Thrust

    Why I Begin with Single Sword

    Guards, or Postures

    Explanation of the Strike in Tempo

    The Correct Way to Gain the Opponent's Sword and Strike Him While He Performs a Cavazione

    The Correct Way to Perform a Cavazione 

    The Contracavazione to the Inside 

    The Contracavazione to the Outside

    Feints-Explanation The Feint of Cavazione From the Hand

    How to Strike to the Chest With Single Sword-From the Measure and Parity of Swords

    The Pass With Feint from Out of Measure

    The Pass With Feint Above the Opponent's Point

    The Feint to the Face from Out of Measure

    The Correct Way to Deliver a Thrust While the Opponent Attacks You With a Cut

    The Correct Way to Deliver a Sure Strike Using Both Hands

    The Correct Way to Defend Against a Mandritto or a Riverso to the Leg

    The Inquartata or Void

    An Artful Way to Strike the Opponent in the Chest after Pressing Against Each other's Blades

    How to Play Single Sword Against Single Sword, With Full-intent Thrusts

    How to Parry Thrusts to the Chest With Single Sword

    The Thrust to the Face, Turning the Hand

    Counterattack with Cavazione from out of Measure

    How to Use Single Sword Against Sword and Dagger

    How to Parry a Thrust to the Face in Sword and Dagger

    How to Correctly Parry a Thrust to the Left Flank

    How to Correctly Parry a Thrust to the Right Flank in Sword and Dagger

    How to Parry a Thrust to the Face in Sword and Dagger

    How to Parry a Cut to the Head in Sword and Dagger

    How to Parry a Riverso with the Dagger

    Thrust to the Chest in Sword and Dagger

    Delivering a Thrust While the Opponent Moves

    Thrust Above the Dagger

    A Deceitful Guard That Leaves the Left Side of the Body Open

    A Deceitful Guard That Leaves the Right Side of the Body Open

    A Deceitful Guard That Leaves the Chest Open

    The Feint of Sword and Dagger, to Strike Above the Dagger

    Feint of Sword and Dagger, to Strike in the Chest

    Feint of Sword and Dagger, to Strike to the Face With a Cavazione Over the Dagger-point

    How to Use the Sword to Parry a Lunging Thrust While Bringing Your Body Back

    How to Parry with the Dagger with Your Body Back

    Dagger-parry with the Body Back, with Simultaneous Sword-strike

    Sword-parry and Strike to the Face

    The Pass in Sword and Dagger, to Grapple the Opponent and Strike Him in the Face with the Dagger

    The Thrust to the Right Shoulder in Sword and Dagger

    The Pass in Sword and Dagger

Glossary




Tom Leoni was born in Switzerland and grew up in Northern Italy. Since an early age, he developed a passion for antique arms and armour and Renaissance-Baroque culture. His meticulous research of Italian swordsmanship treatises helped him become an internationally-known teacher specialising in the Italian styles of the 1500s and 1600s. In 2005, Tom published an English translation of Master Salvator Fabris' 1606 rapier treatise Scienza d'Armi, one the of the most important fencing works of the late Renaissance. In 2009, he published a translation of Italy's earliest extant martial-arts treatise, Fiore de' Liberi's Fio di Battaglia (circa 1409).




Publication Details:


Binding:
 Paperback , 80 pages
ISBN:
 9780982591123
Format:
 254mm x 178mm

BIC Code:
 HBLH, JWXZ, WSTF
BISAC Code:
  HIS027000, HIS037020, SPO071000
Imprint:
 Freelance Academy Press


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