In this introductory workshop, we will be looking at Giovanni Dall’Agocchie’s 1572 fencing treatise, Dell’Arte di Scrimia, in which he lays out the method for fencing with the sword along with dagger and cloak. As the last of the Bolognese fencing masters, Dall’Agocchie serves as a key to understanding earlier works in this tradition, and we can also see a clear line to a more thrust-oriented approach in the actions he describes.
We will be starting from the ground up, from how to stand and move our feet to performing basic attacks and defences, so all levels of experience are welcome. I will be placing a strong emphasis on patterns of movement, from guard to guard specifically, as those are the building blocks from which all actions are possible, regardless of the weapon(s) being used.
The topics covered in this class tie directly into what we will be doing in the cloak and dagger, so it may be beneficial to take this first.
Equipment requirements: single-handed sword, preferably of the “sidesword” variety; fencing mask, gloves. Fencing jacket preferred, as we will be making some contact with cuts and thrusts.