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   Venetian Rapier
   Nicoletto Giganti's 1606 Rapier Fencing Curriculum
 

Price: $19.95
Item Number: FAP000001
Author(s): Tom Leoni
ISBN: 978-0-9825911-2-3
Dimensions: 7" x 10" Paperback
Pages: xxii + 58 pp.
Published: January, 2010
Perhaps no other weapon represents Renaissance Italian fencing like the rapier. But do we know how it was used and how it was taught? This book takes you to the fencing School, or Salle of celebrated renaissance rapier Master Nicoletto Giganti of Venice, one among the period teachers leaving instructions on the use of this weapon. More uniquely, his 1606 text The School, or Salle is a veritable training curriculum, with its stepwise lessons and easy-to-follow explanations on the use of the rapier alone and rapier and dagger. This faithful translation of Giganti’s The School, or Salle by internationally-known rapier teacher Tom Leoni includes the complete text, original illustrations, and an introduction on rapier fencing that will make Giganti’s text easy to follow. If you are a martial artist, a fencer, or have an interest in European martial culture, this book belongs on your shelf.

Contents:
 
Acknowlegements
Introduction
  Become proficient in the actions in Giganti’s lessons and you can call yourself a rapierist
  What we know about Giganti
  What we know about Gaganti’s 1606 Book
  Giganti’s Voice and Language, and a note on the Translation
  Giganti and the Italian Tradition
  What You need to Know to Tackle Gigante
The School, or Salle, by Nicoletto Giganti of Venice, 1606
  The Guards and Counter-guards
  Tempo and Measure
  How to Deliver the Thrust
  Why I Begin with Single Sword
  Guards, or Postures                                                                                  
  Explanation of the Strike in Tempo                                                              
  The Correct Way to Gain the Opponent’s Sword and Strike Him While He Performs a Cavazione  
  The Correct Way to Perform a Cavazione                                          
  The Contracavazione to the Inside                                               
  The Contracavazione to the Outside                                                          
  Feints—Explanation  The Feint of Cavazione From the Hand                          
  How to Strike to the Chest With Single Sword—From the Measure and Parity of Swords
  The Pass With Feint from Out of Measure                                    
  The Pass With Feint Above the Opponent’s Point                                          
  The Feint to the Face from Out of Measure                                                  
  The Correct Way to Deliver a Thrust While the
  Opponent Att acks You With a Cut                                                        
  The Correct Way to Deliver a Sure Strike Using Both Hands                            
  The Correct Way to Defend Against a Mandritto or a Riverso to the Leg   
  The Inquartata or Void                                                                 
  An Artful Way to Strike the Opponent in the Chest after Pressing Against Each other’s Blades
  How to Play Single Sword Against Single Sword, With Full-intent Thrusts                   
  How to Parry Thrusts to the Chest With Single Sword                                  
  The Thrust to the Face, Turning the Hand                                                  
  Counterattack with Cavazione from out of Measure                                      
  How to Use Single Sword Against Sword and Dagger                                    
  How to Parry a Thrust to the Face in Sword and Dagger                                  
  How to Correctly Parry a Thrust to the Left Flank                                        
  How to Correctly Parry a Thrust to the Right Flank in Sword and Dagger                   
  How to Parry a Thrust to the Face in Sword and Dagger                                  
  How to Parry a Cut to the Head in Sword and Dagger                                    
  How to Parry a Riverso with the Dagger                                                    
  Thrust to the Chest in Sword and Dagger                                                    
  Delivering a Thrust While the Opponent Moves                                          
  Thrust Above the Dagger                                                                     
  A Deceitful Guard That Leaves the Left Side of the Body Open                     
  A Deceitful Guard That Leaves the Right Side of the Body Open                     
  A Deceitful Guard That Leaves the Chest Open                                          
  The Feint of Sword and Dagger, to Strike Above the Dagger                            
  Feint of Sword and Dagger, to Strike in the Chest                                          
  Feint of Sword and Dagger, to Strike to the Face With a Cavazione Over the Dagger-point
  How to Use the Sword to Parry a Lunging Thrust While Bringing Your Body Back
  How to Parry with the Dagger with Your Body Back
  Dagger-parry with the Body Back, with Simultaneous Sword-strike
  Sword-parry and Strike to the Face
  The Pass in Sword and Dagger, to Grapple the Opponent and Strike Him in the Face with the Dagger
  The Thrust to the Right Shoulder in Sword and Dagger
  The Pass in Sword and Dagger
Glossary  
 
Reviews:
 
A wonderful service to the community - Bill Grandy (Virginia, USA)
I just received my copy of Venetian Rapier yesterday and read it cover to cover in one sitting. Today I read it again. I've had some cobbled together translations of different sections of this work that I've used in the past, and none of those were things I could easily read. Tom's translation reads just like the book were written originally in modern English. Plus, this is one of those works that really is just very user friendly. Its much more concise than works like Fabris, and a heck of a lot easier to understand than Capoferro, and its even more pragmatic than Alfieri. While Fabris still ranks as my personal favorite, Giganti's work is a close second, thanks to how well he sums up the art in so few words. Its become ten times more enjoyable with Tom's wonderful translation. Thank you, Tom, you've done yet another wonderful service to the community!
- Bill Grandy, Director of Historical Programs, Virginia Academy of Fencing
 
A Must- Christopher A. Holzman (Kansas, USA)
My copy of Venetian Rapier arrived today. I haven't had the chance to read it cover to cover, but I've made fair progress on it. This is a very sharp, smart, focused book, with simple, clear instructions. This is a book clearly written more to students than instructors, and bridges the gap between Treatises like what Fabris wrote, and the more modern how-to book with a series of drills and lots of step by step, inch by inch sort of descriptions, such as Maestri Barbasetti and Gaugler have written. This is a must have for Italian rapier fencers, and frankly should be a book that all Italian fencers of later systems own as well—if for no other reason than it shines a great deal of light on where the later systems come from, and is a fantastic buy. Physically, the book is a rather nice perfect-bound paperback, with good print quality on nice paper. If you want to have any hope of claiming to be well read in Italian rapier literature, Giganti is a must.

- Christopher A. Holzman, Esq. Moniteur D’ Armes Wichita Fencing Club Wichita, KS
 
 
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