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Taught by: [Maeve104]

In these pages I will try and share my knowledge of swordplay. Swords come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, but the principles of attack and defence are the same.

Apart from being interesting, I hope these pages will add to peoples' vocab for role-play. Why say "...he swiped with this sword..." when you can say "...having parried the orc's thrust, he made his disengaged riposte to his attacker's carte"?


The Salle

"Salle" is the generic name for a room or hall used for teaching fencing.  Think of it as the classroom.  A modern-day salle could be anything from a gymnasium with monkey-bars, to an oak-panneled lounge with candles and a side-board.

For a more advanced look at fencing visit The Art Of True Defence.

Recent Updates:
Lesson One is completed and ready for review and discussion!
Lesson Two is completed and ready for review and discussion!
Lesson Three is completed and ready for review and discussion!


Fencing Glossary of Terms

Work in progress: Fencing Vocabulary

For everyone who might be wondering what a "balestra" is.


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2003-04-05 [Naruko]: whooa...heh the prob is tha tnot every1's gonna understand it

2003-04-05 [darkscribe]: thats why you should go INTO that salle.....

2003-04-05 [Mirime]: Ohh I see you have to click the link...

2003-05-05 [brokenman5000]: hiyah! wahhh!

2003-06-25 [J077]: "stab"

2003-07-03 [Adali]: I have to say, your above example (way at the top), seems rather elegant for a sword. If you were describing an elegant courtier with a rapier, okay. But a guy fighting an orc with a sword? No. You don't parry, or thrust when you're fighting a big dummy with a big sword. You hack, slash, and do all manner of slow, inelegant things that cause lots of damage. Just thought I'd point that out. Besides, isn't it more likely that a noble (or educated person) would say 'riposte' and so forth and your stock peasant would say 'swung' and sundry other crude words?

2003-07-04 [RainbowDreams]: hmm... good point... this seems like fun!

2003-07-04 [darkscribe]: Of course [Adali], I bow to your superior knowledge and expertise.  Perhaps you would like to take the class yourself?  "You don't parry, or thrust when you're fighting a big dummy with a big sword" - hmm, it seems quite obvious that you don't know what a real parry is.  If you "do all manner of slow, inelegant things" then you are using the same bethods as the opponent that you are fighting, and in this case, would surely get yourself killed.  Mind you, I've only got 7 years experieance, I dare say your're right.  Hail to [Adali] the blademaster!

2003-08-08 [darkscribe]: Sorry, Adali, you're wrong, and if you want to join up, perhaps we can talk?

2003-12-12 [Athene Noctua]: Recently added Fencing Vocabulary...wondering what "export" is, but I'm sure I'll figure it out.

2004-03-29 [Lireal]: Can I become a student???

2004-03-29 [Athene Noctua]: Well, I'm not the actual professor, but you can ask questions and I can try to answer them. :)

2004-03-30 [SilverFire]: :x

2004-04-28 [Lachametar]: I can help out as well - I'm a fencer and marshal.

2004-10-25 [Erestor]: As stand in professor could anyone contact me to teach on this page?

2005-04-28 [Eggs Maledict]: I'm more than happy to help out somewhat if help is still needed...and I strongly disagree with Adali, since the best way to beat an orc is skill, not strength

2005-08-24 [jakehead]: hmmm a bit quiet isn't it?

2007-07-01 [Maeve104]: Ok! I'm going to make some changes and hopefully renew some interest in the class. *rubs hands together in preparation for lotsa work* Anyone who wants to help can! Just make sure you know the subject. Thanks bunches! :D

2007-07-02 [Dumnorix]: I'd like to offer an iniciative of systematic nomenclature, so that we may understand eachother better. It so happens that, oftentimes, there are as many ways of calling and spelling thrusts and their parades as their are coaches, and things can get a bit confusing.

I offer, as this is a modern, actual approach to fencing, that we employ the system and nomenclature suggested by CORDELOIS in 1860. He simplifies the number of parries by eliminating pronation, and they all receive the modern names which they have today.

Therefore, in a CORRECT vs. INCORRECT basis, we would have

Parade: The stance. Parry: The action.

We could also eliminate the superfluous "sixte", which is a very novel term, simply calling "tierce" the high-outside, as is traditional, only with a (as always, in modern fencing) supinated hand.

What do you chaps think?

2008-01-09 [Imperator]: Question: Somewhere in here I saw that you are supposed to meet an enemy's sword tip with the base of your own to counter the attack. Why is that? Wouldn't you be making yourself more vulnerable for another attack?

2008-01-09 [Maeve104]: The base of the sword, nearest to your hand, is the easiest part to control as well as the strongest. It's easier to push someone's sword tip out of the way with the base, and if you do it right you can push the tip of their sword away from you, then slide your sword along theirs straight into their arm/torso. ;)

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