Our classes in Drummoyne & Rhodes specialise in teaching historical Italian fencing systems, and are led by Provost Richard Cullinan. Systems being taught are Classical Italian Fencing, Italian Greatsword & Polearms, Italian Rapier, Scherma Bolognese, and Italian Knightly Combat. All our classes are based on the actual historical texts that outline how to use these various weapons. See the system descriptions below for more information.
Classes are on Tuesdays at Drummoyne & Wednesday at Rhodes from 7.30 pm.
Richard also keeps a blog of his fencing research along with class summary notes at www.renfence.com.au
Systems We Teach
Scherma Bolognese is a catch all term used to describe the fencing systems described by various authors in and around the city of Bologna during the 16th Century. It is a cut and thrust sword system typically associated with the sidesword, a straight double edged sword between 81-94 cm (32″-37″) length, and with varying degrees of hilt complexity. The system as described also has other companion weapons such as the buckler, dagger, rotella, targa, cape, or even two swords. Our Scherma Bolognese sources are Antonio Manciolino’s Opera Nova and Achille Marozzo’s Opera Nova. Students will learn the sword & buckler, sword alone, and sword and dagger weapons combinations. More information can be found in our Scherma Bolognese Training Manual.
Classical Italian Fencing
Our classical Italian fencing program teaches Italian swordsmanship from the 19th Centuries, and includes the following weapons: Duelling Sword, Duelling Sabre, and Bastone. The duelling sword was the straight thrusting sword of the 19th century, descended from the European small sword or rapier. These classes are taught using the Italian Fioretto (foil) or spada / spada de marra (epee). Our duelling sword source is Masaniello Parise’s Trattato Terico-Practico della Sherma di Spada e Sciabola, the official curriculum of the Italian Military Fencing Masters School from the 1880s. The duelling sabre is the typical European fencing sabre of the 19th Century, and is taught using modern fencing sabres or reproduction training sabres. Our duelling sabre source is Luigi Barbasetti’s The Art of the Sabre and Epee. Both our duelling sword and duelling sabre material is supplemented with William Gaugler’s The Science of Fencing. Our bastone material is sourced from the 19th Century staff fencing system of Guiseppe Cerri (Trattato teorico-pratico della scherma di bastone, 1854). More information can be found in our Classical Italian Fencing Training Manual.
Italian Knightly Combat
Our Italian Knightly Combat program teaches the arte delle armi, which is the martial art of the 15th Century knight or man at arms. This system teaches the arts of wrestling, the dagger, use of the longsword in one or two hands, pollaxe and spear. Our source are the works of Fiore Furlano de Cividale d’Austria, delli Liberi da Premariacco, who left us four illustrated versions of his text. Students start with the longsword and with the wrestling or dagger material before incorporating the pollaxe and spear material. More information can be found in our Italian Knightly Combat Training Manual.
The Italian Rapier training program concentrates on the early 17th Century fencing systems described by Nicolleto Giganti (Scola, overo, teatro, Venice 1606, and Libro Secondo di Niccoletto Giganti Venetiano, Pisa 1608) and Ridolfo Capoferro (Gran Simulacro dell’arte e dell’usco della Scherma, Siena 1610). The Italian rapier is a straight double edges sword, typically with some form of complex hilt and possessing a blade of between 94-107cm (37″-42″). Italians were noted for their skill with this weapon from the 17th through to 19th centuries. Our rapier fencing material is primarily taken from Nicoletto Giganti’s Scola, overo, teatro and is supplemented by later authors such as Ridolfo Capoferro, Nicola Terracusa e Ventura, and Paolo Bertelli. Students start with the single rapier, adding rapier & dagger and rapier & cape as they progress. More information can be found in our Italian Rapier Training Manual.
Italian Greatsword & Polearms
The Italian Greatsword or spadone is a true two handed sword, and one of the only true battlefield weapons taught at Stoccata. This weapon is typically anywhere from 5 to 6 feet, and usually 2.5-3 kg in weight. Our greatsword sources are Francesco Alfieri’s Lo Spadone from 1653, one of the few texts to deal exclusively with this weapon, and Achille Marozzo’s Opera Nova. Our polearm material covers partisan, speido, javelin, and ronca, and is sourced from Antonio Manciolino’s Opera Nova and Achille Marozzo’s Opera Nova. Advanced students will also learn the 19th Century staff fencing system of Guiseppe Cerri (Trattato teorico-pratico della scherma di bastone, 1854). More information can be found in our Greatsword and Italian Polearms Training Manual.
Term 4: 16 October – 18 December
Term 4: 17 October – 19 December
Canada Bay Civic Hall, 1a Marlborough Street, Drummoyne
(There’s parking across the road in the shopping centre car park)
Rhodes Community Centre, 63 Blaxland Road, Rhodes
7.30 – 9.30 pm – Classical Italian Fencing, Italian Greatsword & Polearms, Italian Rapier
7.30 – 9.30 pm – Scherma Bolognese, Italian Knightly Combat
$150 per 10 week term per night
Casual rate: $25 per night
Discounts for students and unemployed are available upon request.
Fees for the class may be paid via direct deposit. Banking details will be supplied when you book into the class. An annual membership fee of $25 is also payable to the incorporated body. If you attend multiple branches, you need only pay the membership fee once.
Further information regarding our branch and the programs taught at Stoccata Drummoyne can be found in the Stoccata Drummoyne Handbook.
Contact Richard Cullinan for more information or to book into the class.
PH: 0407 917 497
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