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That these comments were made by a respected fencing expert without study or practical experience with the very weapons, babasetti, and methods from the varied historical texts he comments on is something that cannot be excused. This can be likened to a modern Judo coach declaring the samurai Musashi’s respected Book of Five Rings nonsense.

Please note that our editors may make some formatting changes or correct spelling or grammatical errors, and may also contact you if any clarifications are needed. Maitre d’Armes Frederick Rohdes. Had he been able to make use of greater reference material or been exposed to serious students of liigi swordsmanship such as barbaaetti today, he would surely have had even greater respect for the fighting skills and teachings of barbawetti times.

Upon completing his courses Barbasetti remained for a time as part of the faculty. Perhaps understandably, perhaps not, swordsmen such as Barbasetti came to dismiss, denigrate, and ridicule older fencing skills—a craft that they actually no longer practiced, taught, or retained in any significant manner barbasteti any preserved tradition.

For the student of Renaissance martial arts, his questionable chapter is a sobering reminder of how much work still lies ahead. Keep Exploring Britannica Mike Tyson. Increased ritual and sportification happened to fencing as its self-defence and military aspects declined—at the same time the craft became more and more concerned with aesthetic form, ritual, etiquette and competitive pastime.

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Why do individuals, such as Barbasetti, presume that expertise in a gentleman’s sport of civilian dueling practiced very differently from its street-fighting roots and incidentally, devoid of the grappling and wrestling intrinsic to such skills can grant authority to evaluate historical martial arts? Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese football soccer forward who was one of the greatest players of his generation. Reading his views one gets the absurd feeling that Western sword arts must have somehow advanced only after everyone finally stopped fighting for real.


They pursued a far more narrow and specialized form of gentlemanly fencing directed toward duels of honor with single identical barbsetti. Currently, the Games are open to all, even the…. The following thoughts try to shed some light on this phenomena: Internet URLs are the best. Modern fencing has been refined above and beyond the past methods of mere “tricks” supposedly without “fixed rules.

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It is remarkable that this fencing master, after studying the historical manuals and despite so much experience and insight, was unable to discern how older methods represented entirely barvasetti and self-contained fighting arts effectively adapted to far more challenging environments. Despite acknowledging his incomplete information, despite admitting his inexperience with the use of earlier weapons, he nonetheless feels confident enough—as a master of the modern sport fencing tools—to make authoritative pronouncements on the actualities of methods of Medieval and Renaissance sword combat.

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After all, those “tricks”—the things that real fighters typically did in real combat—would be just so “unfair. He would also very well have been able to place them in greater context with his own refined sport.

Thank You for Your Contribution! Even for a fencing master writing a short history of Western swordsmanship inthere was a good deal of reliable material barbadetti Medieval weapons at the time for those who were genuinely interested. His unique insight into fencing helped guide the sport into the 20th century.


Luigi Barbasetti

Barbasetti was essentially of the view standard at the time that modern fencing was a superior and more “evolved” version of swordplay—beyond anything of cruder centuries where professional warriors actually fought one another with an immense variety of arms and armor. As a result, they came to erroneously believe shortcomings in their understanding of it arose only from the deficiencies of the source material itself. What is most striking in the opinions of a classical fencing master such as Barbasetti and if anyone was ever a “classical fencer” it was certainly he is the implication that earlier Western fighting arts have so little to offer.


The gentlemen’s dueling sport or the warrior combat craft? His fencing master was Maestro Giuseppe Radaelli a follower of the Northern Italian School, under whose tutelage Barbasetti was trained to be a military master of arms.

So, we can forgive Barbasetti his ignorance on matters wholly outside his knowledge and area of specialty as a “modern” fencing master.

We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. The sad part is that there are those now, who like Barbasetti inhold very similar views inspired more by pervasive Hollywood fantasy than by the actual reality of history. Sabreheavy military sword with a long cutting edge and, often, a curved blade. The gulf between edged weapon theory and practical reality is always widened whenever historical fighting skills are transformed into rule-enshrined sports.

To those readers who may encounter this re-released book, this essay is a strong word of caution.

Please try again later. But his one hundred-page final chapter entitled, “A Short History of Fencing,” is largely the typical denigration of earlier European fencing methods—which were in fact for the most part more sophisticated, diverse, and inclusive martial arts of a much more brutal and demanding era. His broad-minded understanding quickly erodes to be replaced with a series of overly generalized observations on Medieval and Renaissance swordsmanship that are wholly without merit in light of current information on historical weaponry and understanding of fighting manuals.

Which fighting skills would seem to reflect a more inclusive “martial art”?

Maestro Luigi Barbasetti

In this regard, Barbasetti’s condescending remarks on historical swordsmanship seem self-righteous and almost vindictive to one with the vantage point of being a student barbssetti Renaissance barbastti arts. He had many illustrious pupils, including Lucien Gaudin and Roger Ducret, both of whom competed for France in three Olympics —,and —Gaudin winning four gold and two silver fencing medals and Ducret three gold, four silver, and one bronze.

Given his own access to historical weaponry and the information on arms and armor already then available, there is little cause to excuse Barbasetti’s prejudices.