Fencing Articles (20)
Sword Types - The Rapier
It is difficult to say how many times people have watched the invigorating swordplay in the Princess Bride, avidly absorbing the theatrical tricks and verbal exchanges throughout. For many this represents the essence of classical rapier combat. Just where exactly did the rapier come from however? Were such duels with…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports  >  Fencing   May 21, 2011  
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Olympic Saber Fencing
Watching the Olympics, it is incredible how swiftly fencers move in to strike and riposte within saber fencing. You may be wondering "How do you they do this?" Well you are reading the correct article! We shall be examining the rules and techniques of Olympic saber fencing and even perhaps…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports  >  Fencing   Jun 05, 2011  
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How to choose a sword fighting style
So you are watching a movie and you see an epic sword fight and think to yourself, "I wish I could fight like that." While you may not think of yourself as a fierce warrior, it is not a talent most people are gifted with naturally these days either. Which…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports  >  Fencing   May 02, 2011  
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Sword Types - How to pick a sword
Most people do not realize how great a variety of swords there are readily available for different preferences. If you've ever entertained the idea of purchasing a sword before and gone to the mall and checked out the sword shop there or browsed through online swords and weapons retailers you…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports  >  Fencing   May 02, 2011  
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Sword Types - The Saber
Widely recognized and highly popular during its prime, the saber lives on today as one of the most swashbuckling weapons to roam the earth. While not used on the battlefield any longer, it still plays a role in military parade dress within armies around the world. How did such a…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports  >  Fencing   Jun 06, 2011  
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Sparring Tactics - Rapier
What goes into a battle between fencers armed with rapiers? How did one go about engaging an opponent in a duel? The streets of Europe could be unforgiving and throughout the Renaissance knowledge of how to handle a sword was considered fundamental to the development of all gentlemen so as…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports  >  Fencing   May 23, 2011  
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Myths of Medieval European Sword Techniques
The sword is perhaps the most iconic weapon in human history. Cultures throughout the world used it for several thousand years due to its lethal efficiency. However popular culture ironically now looks at the European broad sword, long sword, bastard sword, and greatsword as large, heavy, and awkward weapons often…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports  >  Fencing   May 03, 2011  
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Sword Sparring Technique - The Parry
You find yourself suddenly, for no particular reason other than this author's interest in making a point, fighting for your life. Your opponent is armed with a wicked looking sword that appears to be quite sharp and functional. There is no where to run, no choice but to fight. Except…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports  >  Fencing   Jun 10, 2011  
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How to Thrust - Anatomy Of A Sword Thrust
Throughout history we humans have understood that if you took a sharp enough object and pushed it hard enough at something or someone, it could puncture and severely injure. Witness the worldwide usage of spears just about anywhere man set foot. This article is not so much interested in the…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports  >  Fencing   May 24, 2011  
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Evolution of Medieval European Sword Combat
The sword is perhaps the most lethal killing weapon ever created. From the time of the Romans up until the late 1500's, medieval swords dominated the battlefield for over a millennium. The weapon itself has gone through many evolutions over the years. It has seen scores shapes and sizes, each…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports  >  Fencing   May 05, 2011  
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Sword Techniques - Proper Distancing
If you have ever watched two opponents face off you may have noticed a pattern of engagement. This pattern involves three stages, closing, engaging, and disengaging, all of which rely heavily on one important skill; proper distancing. Let me break this down: if you do not know when to maintain…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports  >  Fencing   Jun 13, 2011  
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German Longsword - Guards And Stances
It is commonly thought that longswords were heavy, bludgeoning weapons, unwieldy to use and requiring brute force rather than finesse. It is this popular misconception that I am working to reverse gradually with time. The longsword is actually an extremely practical weapon, designed to be a multi-purpose weapon. The Germans…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports  >  Fencing   Jun 04, 2011  
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Historic Longsword Combat Techniques
There is nothing quite like standing in a rock solid stance gripping a solid, perfectly balanced blade which rises majestically above. One of the most widely recognized medieval weapons and often misrepresented by public media, the longsword served as the knights weapon of choice from the mid-1300's until the mid-1500's.…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports  >  Fencing   May 07, 2011  
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Sword Techniques - Feints
Sun Tzu maintains that deception is a primary part of the art of war. This extends directly to sword fighting in the form of the feint. While some masters of the sword dismissed feints as merely a waste of movement and useless fancy flourishing that won't affect trained opponents, the…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports  >  Fencing   Jun 13, 2011  
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Half-Swording- Techniques and Tactics
There are many more ways of using a longsword than most people realize. Within the martial arts manuals of German swordmasters we see illustrations of knights and warriors gripping the blade with one hand and thrusting with their one hand on the blade and the other on the back of…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports  >  Fencing   Jun 04, 2011  
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Anatomy Of A Sword: Break Down the Jargon
If you have ever accidentally walked into a roomful of sword enthusiasts you'll doubtless hear all sorts of strange, half-familiar words being thrown back and forth about a sword's 'tang' and the 'unusual fuller shape' and other strange terms of which you have no real understanding. Well if that is…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports  >  Fencing   May 09, 2011  
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Fencing: On Guard!
One of the most fun things I have ever done in my life was Fencing. The thrill of sparring with a competitor that is your match, the feel of the foil in your hands as you attempt to strike your opponent. The fun I had fencing inspired me to write…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports  >  Fencing   Apr 06, 2012  
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What is a Backsword?
Have you ever found yourself reading a novel or watching a movie and suddenly out of nowhere the main character is suddenly fighting off half a dozen villainous foes with a backsword? Wait a second, a backsword? What exactly is a backsword anyhow? The term is a very, mind-defying concept…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports  >  Fencing   May 13, 2011  
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Nine Facts About Fiber
If you've been looking for a way towards a high octane diet, you'll find fiber to be exactly what you need. Even though research has shown fiber to be powerful, many people aren't taking this nutrient seriously. To help you fuel your health with fiber, here are 10 facts to…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports  >  Fencing   Dec 26, 2015  
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Olympic Fencing
One of the more refined and artistic sports in the Olympics is without a doubt fencing. Generally recognized as the closest thing to sword fighting in modern times, Olympic fencing is a world wide sport which readily caters to the imagination of adventure and fancy swordplay. The actual sport is…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports  >  Fencing   Jun 04, 2011  
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