The Art of Defence on Foot: With the Broad Sword and Sabre; Adapted Also for the Spadroon, Or Cut and Thrust Sword

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H. Durell, 1824 - Fencing - 113 pages

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Page 84 - HIS cut can sddom be made without considerable danger to the person who attempts it against a swordsman, as it must be always attended with an inclination of the body, and the head being thus brought forward, becomes exposed, even when the leg or thigh at which the stroke is directed, is removed out of distance.
Page 44 - In fencing, means to quit that side of an adversary's blade on which one is opposed by his guard, in order to effect a cut or thrust where an opportunity may present. Disgarnish. To take guns from a fortress.
Page 85 - This cut will always be extremely hazardous with the sword in real contest, unless your antagonist advances his right foot by standing much too wide upon guard. Otherwise, in striking at his leg, your head and sword arm must become exposed even to a person wholly ignorant of the science ; and his attention not being occupied by endeavouring to parry, his blow at the head would probably prove fatal, even though he received a cut on the leg at the same instant.
Page 45 - FOR smartiv on lus blade, you may be enabled to deliver a cut without risk even at the part he intends to secure; taking care to direct your blade in such a manner, that the plate or cross bar of your liilt shall prevent his sword from coming forward.
Page 11 - For this purpose he must learn to support the most part, if not the whole, of his weight on his left leg, in order that the right, which is to be advanced, may be either retired from a cut, or thrown rapidly forward on a longe. It is therefore...
Page 11 - At the distance of about < ten feet from the figure, place your left heel, so as just to touch the line, the left knee bent, to throw the weight of the body on that leg, the right foot advanced about 14 or 16 inches towards the target; the toe pointing to the perpendicular line. The left...
Page 58 - V. you must oppose them by the prime hanging guard, which is formed by inclining your wrist to the left till the back of the hand is in a line above the left eye, the point rather lowered , to prevent cut III. being made under it. • Although the prime hanging guard will be found very useful for parrying cuts III.
Page 42 - Q, and the left at p, the traverse is begun by stepping about with the left foot from P, to A, and the right foot immediately after from Q to B; and then the line A, B, C, K, i, will be the line of defence ; at the next...
Page 7 - ... engaged on foot, does not confine them to one or two particular cuts at commencing the attack, but admits of more various and complicated movements, an error in regard to the parades might prove fatal. In this...
Page 49 - ... the foot quite out of and at right angles with the line of defence, the whole body being thus brought well beyond it toward the right: and the guard remaining...

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