Instructor: Andrew Telesca
The sabre was studied and worn by officers in most Western militaries during the 18th and 19th centuries. It was a symbol of rank and status as well as a valuable tool in combat. During this time period numerous different schools and types of sabre developed throughout Europe, both for encounters of honor and for use on the battlefield.
It was the Italian schools that refined the use of the sabre for the personal duel. This class focuses on our tradition in this lineage. Its foundation is the study and practice of the molinelli, which are types of circular cuts. There are two schools, which may be generally divided, into northern and southern. The southern school emphasizes the execution of the molinelli, with the wrist as the axis of rotation, while the northern school emphasizes the elbow as its axis. As is typical of the Italian schools, the guard position is relatively low.
The class covers all basic elements of sabre use including correct grip and manipulation, the mechanics of a good cut, proper stance and guard, footwork both linear and angular, basic attacks and defenses, counters, actions on the blade, moulinets, feints, the extended phrase and basic considerations for addressing multiple opponents.
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