Cold Steel: The Art of Fencing with the Sabre

Cold Steel: The Art of Fencing with the Sabre

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By (author) Alfred Hutton, Introduction by Ramon Martinez

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  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 212mm x 12mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 28 July 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0486449319
  • ISBN 13: 9780486449319
  • Illustrations note: 55
  • Sales rank: 211,095

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A pioneer of modern fencing, Alfred Hutton was the first president of the Amateur Fencing Association and a father of modern research into the Western combat arts. In addition to his lectures about ancient weapons and his demonstrations of their use, Hutton created this 1889 classic, a continuing source of instruction and enlightenment to modern readers. The techniques associated with the sabre differ markedly from those of the epee and the rapier. This study offers both technical and historical views of the art of the sabre. It begins with a look at the weapon's construction and its grip, followed by explanations of a variety of different strokes and parries as well as methods of combining attack and defense. Additional topics include approaches suitable for left-handed fencers, ceremonial aspects of the art, and contrasts between the sabre, the bayonet, and the French sword. Descriptions of associated weapons cover the great stick and the constable's truncheon, and the book concludes with considerations of the short sword-bayonet, or dagger. Fifty-five illustrations demonstrate how to hold the sabre, how to parry and guard, seizure, and numerous other aspects of the art of fencing with a sabre.

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Table of contents

The Sabre   Introduction   The Parts of the Sabre   How to Hold the Sabre   Guard   The Guards   The Moulinet   The Cuts   The Point   The Pummel   The "Parade," or Parry   The Return, or "Riposte"   Simple Attacks and Parries, with one Riposte   Distance   To Advance   To Gain Ground on the Lunge   To Retire   The Traverse   The Pass   Commanding   Timing   Slipping   Counter-time   Disengaging   Beating   Redoubling   The Stop-thrust   The Under Stop-thrust   Feints   Lesson for Receipt of a Feint   Double Feints   Lesson for Returns preceded by Feints   The Sword Arm   Combinations of Ripostes   Left-handed Swordsmen   Left-handed Swordsmen, Lessons for   Left-handed Swordsmen, Feints for   Left-handed Swordsmen, Returns for   Combinations of Ripostes for Left Hand against Right   The Salute   The Assault   To Acknowledge a Hit   Equipment The Game of the Sword   The Guard   The Attack   The Parries Sabre Against Bayonet The Sabre Opposed to the French Sword The Great Stick   Guard (Quarte)   False-guard (Tierce)   The Moulinets   The Cuts   The Parries   Lessons with one Riposte   Combinations The Constable's Truncheon The Short Sword-Beyonet, or Dagger   Lessons   Throwing the Dagger   The Seizure in Dagger Play Rules   Judges Appendix   The Blindfold Lessons on Defence with Foil or Sword Index