Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Most Important Consideration in Fencing

"There is no way better to get the true observation of distance but by often practicing either with your friend or else privately in a small chamber against a wall, standing twelve feet off with your hindmost foot, and your weapon four feet long or there about, for a good guard and distance are the main and principal points of all."

-- Joseph Swetnam, The Schoole of the Noble and Worthy Science of Defence, Chapter 12

As you might guess, I've finished transcribing eleven chapters of Swetnam's book, and I'm now into chapter twelve. He's finally getting into the technical aspects of his style.

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