Fabris’ Book 2 : Time And Relative Defense In Swordplay || Clinton Fernandes

Clinton Fernandes || Academie Duello || Vancouver, BC, Canada

Weapons: Rapier

Become a lord of time and space as we work through Salvator Fabris’ second book: fencing while continuously moving forward.

This workshop will train you how to move continuously forward, responding to every defence your opponent makes, being the oncoming storm that rains inevitable destruction upon them. Beyond the fundamentals of continual movement forward you’ll also get an opportunity to unlock the all-important movement through misura largissima (the opponent’s maximum striking distance) - crucial to mastering all forms of swordplay.

The book Lo Schermo by Salvator Fabris is a seminal work on Italian fencing that is divided into two major works. The first that outlines the foundation of Italian rapier including attack, defence, movement, posture, and an understanding of conventional timing. The second, the subject of this workshop, builds from this base to look at timing and opportunity in a completely different way.

The second book focuses on an approach to fencing that involves continual movement forward. We will explore Fabris’ 6 rules for this approach:

  • Move continuously forward.
  • Employ a posture that has only one opening.
  • Deceive your opponent by avoiding a fixed posture.
  • Force a choice from your opponent; have an answer for both of them.
  • Hide your point below your opponent’s.
  • Catch up to your own sword.