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by Joey Nitti
Tue Sep 13, 2016 4:49 am
Forum: Research & Techniques
Topic: Insight / Advice Needed - Sabre & Cutlass Beginner
Replies: 7
Views: 915

Re: Insight / Advice Needed - Sabre & Cutlass Beginner

I'll second Keith Farrell's book. Not only a guide to sabre/broadsword, it gives you the history, the cultural context, the background, everything. And it doesn't just teach you how to do sabre/broadsword/singlestick, it teaches you how you teach yourself. It's like a textbook, not a how-to-guide. ...
by Joey Nitti
Wed Aug 10, 2016 6:50 am
Forum: Research & Techniques
Topic: Insight / Advice Needed - Sabre & Cutlass Beginner
Replies: 7
Views: 915

Re: Insight / Advice Needed - Sabre & Cutlass Beginner

The good thing about studying 'British' (the '3 kingdoms of Ireland, England and Scotland) military sabre and broadsword circa 1800 is that they are mostly the same, consistent system. You can use a military sabre of the time (e.g. a 1796 LC) or a basket hilted broadsword (as carried by the famous ...
by Joey Nitti
Wed Mar 30, 2016 1:47 pm
Forum: Research & Techniques
Topic: Finding one's bearings in I.33
Replies: 6
Views: 972

Re: Finding one's bearings in I.33

Unlike Danzig and Ringeck, I'm having a really hard time getting my bearings in I.33 definitely. This was one of the barriers for me when I first looked at I.33 like, 5 years ago. I immediately stopped and focused on longsword, and only got back into I.33 a couple years later. My general advice is ...
by Joey Nitti
Wed Mar 30, 2016 12:50 pm
Forum: Research & Techniques
Topic: Basket Hilt and buckler
Replies: 17
Views: 2307

Re: Basket Hilt and buckler

all winding and binding, and many of the obsessio are done with the sword and buckler together, not to mention all of the schutzen. Not so. The sword and buckler are indeed held together at certain times but at other times they must separate. When you hold your sword and buckler together you are li...
by Joey Nitti
Tue Jul 21, 2015 8:11 am
Forum: Research & Techniques
Topic: HEMA Study Blog
Replies: 0
Views: 297

HEMA Study Blog

Hey, figured I'd link my blog here too. https://hemastudy.wordpress.com/ In specific I'd like to point to one of my recent articles, and one that I think is extremely important for a fundamental understanding of MS I.33. "What are the 7 Wards of I.33?" https://hemastudy.wordpress.com/2015/...
by Joey Nitti
Tue Jun 02, 2015 5:52 am
Forum: Research & Techniques
Topic: Basket Hilt and buckler
Replies: 17
Views: 2307

Re: Basket Hilt and buckler

If I recall correctly, Bolognese mostly does ascending short-edge cuts - which work just fine with a basket hilt. What is more difficult with a full basket are descending schilhaw style short-edge cuts. While the general meme is that I.33 wants a short blade, it's not clear. Certainly, a lot of peo...
by Joey Nitti
Mon Jun 01, 2015 10:35 am
Forum: Research & Techniques
Topic: Basket Hilt and buckler
Replies: 17
Views: 2307

Re: Basket Hilt and buckler

I've looked at 1.33 but would prefer a system where I can use sword and buckler independently. In I.33 the sword and buckler are used independently. The sword and buckler are held together only in select guards such as Halpschilt (Half-Shield), Krucke, and Schutzen. In some images of cuts the sword...
by Joey Nitti
Mon May 25, 2015 7:54 am
Forum: Research & Techniques
Topic: Meyer's Zorn vs other systems
Replies: 7
Views: 952

Re: Meyer's Zorn vs other systems

the "Zornhau" in the early sources (Ringeck, 44.a.8, etc) seems to be a specific technique. It is when someone throws an oberhau at you, you cut in a way that is "like a simple peasant strike" but you cut to parry his sword with your long edge and in doing so bring your point in ...
by Joey Nitti
Wed May 13, 2015 11:52 am
Forum: Research & Techniques
Topic: Glasgow Image "Breaking the Zwerchhau"
Replies: 6
Views: 770

Re: Glasgow Image "Breaking the Zwerchhau"

I would interpret it a lot simpler than that, and without injecting other actions like parrying with kron or assuming he responds to your oberhau with a zwerchau. Took me a while to think this through at my office with two markers acting as swords in each of my hands lol 1) you strike from your righ...
by Joey Nitti
Wed May 13, 2015 11:04 am
Forum: Research & Techniques
Topic: Breaking Spears in Sparring and Competition
Replies: 8
Views: 680

Re: Breaking Spears in Sparring and Competition

from what I understand, most tournaments have it that if a weapon or any piece of equipment breaks, the ref or judges call an immediate hold, for safety reasons. Intentionally breaking your opponent's weapon doesn't seem to be rewarded. Keep in mind that when it comes to blunt training weapons, whet...

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