Ben Miller

The value of classical fencing in historical fencing interpretation

In Dueling, Martial Arts, Victorian Era on August 8, 2017 at 3:51 pm

Cote du Golfe School of Fencing

This article reflects only my own interpretations and opinions, and not necessarily those of Maestro Ramon Martinez, Maestro Jeannette-Acosta Martinez, or the Martinez Academy of Arms.

To be truly successful, attempts at reconstructing historical European systems of swordsmanship must be informed by classical fencing.

It’s an unfortunate trend today that the overwhelming majority of European swordsmanship enthusiasts, whether they classify themselves under the name HEMA, WMA, historical fencing, or any number of names, either ignore the classical weapons (at best) or scorn them (at worst).  There are of course a myriad reasons for this.  Many individuals are only interested in medieval or renaissance arms, and classical 19th century teaching just doesn’t get their blood moving.  Why bother spending time on it?  Others argue that medieval and renaissance swordsmen didn’t need training in French foil to learn to use an arming sword or a rapier (or whatever), so why should…

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