Cold Steel

Cold Steel : The Art of Fencing with the Sabre

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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 épeé 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 142 x 216 x 10mm | 222g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0486449319
  • 9780486449319
  • 90,203

Table of contents

The Sabre
The Parts of the Sabre
How to Hold the Sabre
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
To Advance
To Gain Ground on the Lunge
To Retire
The Traverse
The Pass
The Stop-thrust
The Under Stop-thrust
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
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
The Constable's Truncheon
The Short Sword-Beyonet, or Dagger
Throwing the Dagger
The Seizure in Dagger Play
The Blindfold Lessons on Defence with Foil or Sword
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