Fencing Method

La scherma è metodo e sistema

At the CSF we practice fencing according to the Sinclair method, which brings together tradition and research.

Tradition for all those systems which already have a solid and proven teaching method, passed on directly from master to apprentice.
Tradition which, despite being subjected to variations (because every practitioner develops unique characteristics and styles) is immutable in its principles.

Reaserch, of those fencing styles for which we only have written documentation.

Concerning the latter, it is worth remarking that study can only be achieved through interpretation and experimentation. Our system aims at applying the principles and body mechanics shown in original documents in a free and realistic sparring context.

The FISAS weapons
Based on the reaserch of FISAS founder A.L. Sinclair, we believe that it is possible to clearly outline the history of Italian Fencing and to apply it to the four FISAS weapons, all of which are studied in our classes in Florence:

Two Handed Sword

For this weapon, which has its roots in the Middle Ages, we base our reaserch mostly on XVI century treatises, from the Italian Achille Marozzo to the German Joachim Meyer.

It is important to keep a certain distintion between the study of two-handed sword as a fencing with and it’s use in armoured combat (which can also be seen in treatises, mostly consisting in grappling and close quarter actions).

It is also important to notice that the term "hand and a half sword", although historically used, is almost never associated with fencing and therefore cannot be considered as an autonomous style.

Sidesword

Under this term we classify the reinassance sword in all its vatiations of shape. This weapon was allowed in civilian context to those people who had the authority, and was mostly used for personal defence.

The study of this weapon is also based on research, which is aimed at understanding the principles and body mechanics behind it and at applying them to a versatile and peculiar method, which bears similarities to unarmed combat systems.

In our reaserch we mostly draw inspiration from the Italian authors of the second half of the XVI century.
Of much importance for us is the use of this weapon jointly with a dagger, buckler, or cape.

Rapier

The rapier made its appearance at the beginning of the XVII sec, and its use continued until the XX century.
With its complex and rigorous principles, this weapon gained a strong reputation in Western fencing history.

Those traditional principles have been enriched through the study of historical treatises.
Thanks to the exclusive blades developed by FISAS, this weapon can be practiced in full sparring conditions.

Sabre

Nella pratica di quest'Arma, di derivazione militare ed infine utilizzata nei duelli "al primo sangue" alla fine dell'800, cerchiamo di rimanere il più attinenti possibile alla trattatistica del periodo, più precisamente agli stili che precedono la codifica prettamente sportiva della scherma: quelli dei maestri Radaelli, Masiello e Barbasetti.

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