He may’ve been one of the most outspoken opponents of the Jena students’ thrust duel with the elongated “wälsche Banditendolch“—the “Frog” bandit dagger, as his colleague from the philosophical faculty, Dr. Scheidler, called the disgraceful French dueling sword.
But F.A.W.L. Roux continued to teach Kreußlerian thrust fencing with the “Rappier” way into the second half of the 19th century—both as a healthy exercise and part of the German Turnkunst, and as a practical martial art for military men.
Included in his repertoire were some disarms and throws that few of his colleagues ever bothered mentioning in print… Continue reading
Posted in 19th Century, Antiquarian Books, Epee, fencing, Foil, Library
Tagged disarm, FAWL Roux, german school of fencing, jena, kreussler'sche stossfechtschule, throw
One of the leading search terms that brings novice FencingClassics readers to our site is “topless fencing”.
And since we thrive on giving people what they want, we’re happy to oblige… with images of duels between women in various stages of dress and undress… Continue reading
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Tagged 19th-century duel, 19th-century fencing, 19th-century photography, amberger collection, art photography, bayard, cabinet cards, epee fencing, female duel, female fencing, foil fencing, nude duel, nude fencing, nude women fencing, woman fencers
He managed to escape being turned into shell casings in World War I. Melted down for war reparations during the Weimar Republic. He dodged the Nazi leveling of Breslau in 1945, and the Red Army’s knocking over what was left.
And since he ended up behind the Iron Curtain, in a different country, he even escaped the politically correct B.S. that imprints modern Germany…
Based on the historical record, a duel with sharp épées was an unpleasant affair. Chances were that three feet of needle-pointed steel might transport you from the terrain to the Happy Hunting Grounds with considerable pain and suffering.
So who’re you to judge the little “trucs” that might get you a breather during your affair of honor… Continue reading
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Tagged degen, duel français, duelldegen, Epee, epee duel, epee fencing, escrime, french epee, la vie au grand air, steampunk, tactics, trucs
A few weeks ago, we examined Eight Dueling Épées.
Today, we noticed a variant of one of the older specimens up for auction: A cousin of “The Transitional”… Continue reading
Posted in 18th Century, 19th Century, Armory, Epee, rapier, smallsword, Weapons
Tagged auction, épée de combat, colichemarde, dueling epee, dueling sword, french epee, transitional rapier, transitional smallsword
We’re reprehensibly behind in our reading—and in the writing of reviews. And we apologize for the unhappy circumstance that Christopher Holzman’s recent Art of the Dueling Sabre may have eluded your Christmas list due to our negligence.
That’s why we hasten to make amends… Continue reading
FencingClassics bids a fond farewell to an old mentor, friend, and adviser:
On December 10, 2011, one of the great fencing masters, scholars, and authors of the 20th century, Maestro William M. Gaugler, died of cancer in Sunnyvale, California.
We appreciate what you’ve done for us… Continue reading
Posted in 19th Century, 20th Century, Epee, Fencers Magazine, fencing, Foil, Saber
Tagged bill gaugler, italian school of fencing, Science of fencing, scienza della scherma, william gaugler
Among the mountains of scrap metal that have changed hands via eBay in the past couple of years, fencing épées pre-dating the 1920′s were few and far between. Even more rare were dueling épées—true épées, that is, made for the very specific purpose of a French-style duel with thrusting weapons. We’ve picked 8 dueling épées from the Amberger Collection to check out a couple of details… Continue reading
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Tagged amberger collection, collecting swords, degen, dueling epee, duelldegen, Epee, pariser, weapons
Don’t you hate when that happens? Your opponent suddenly turns Luke Skywalker and starts using his foil with two hands…
No worries! Nuremberg’s Exercitienmeister Schmidt knows exactly what to do! Continue reading
What makes a fencing master? And how is the body of knowledge he (or she) is supposed to transfer to his students to be defined?
Dr. William Gaugler explores the historical background of fencing accreditation and codification… Continue reading
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Tagged fencing diploma, fencing instruction, fencing master, fencing regulations, fencing rules, FIE, william gaugler