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The French Connection: Christmann’s Practical Self-Defence

Readers of The Lazarus Smile will no doubt remember that it was F.C. Christmann, Professor of the Art of Fencing and Member of Several Academies, who started the whole darn mess by handing Ernst Moritz Arndt a stack of classical manuscript scraps. But unlike the Byzantine cascade of events that find their preliminary end in the Sherpur Cantonment Cemetary in Kabul, his self-defence advice is straightforward… Continue reading

Saber Fencing; Germany, 1838


Saber Fencing; Germany, 1838

Saber Fencing; Germany, 1838

F.C. Christmann served in Napoleon’s Imperial Guard. His approach to cut and thrust fencing sets him apart from any other German fencing master of his age…


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