Our classes in Drummoyne specialise in teaching historical Italian fencing systems, and are led by Provost Richard Cullinan. Systems being taught are Traditional Italian Fencing, Italian Greatsword, Bolognese Swordsmanship 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 Tuesday & Wednesday nights 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
Traditional Italian Fencing
Our traditional Italian fencing program teaches Italian swordsmanship from the 17th to 19th Centuries, and includes the following weapons: Duelling Sword, Duelling Sabre, Rapier, and Rapier and Dagger. The dueling sword was the straight thrusting sword of the 19th century, descended from the European small sword. 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. The Italian rapier is a straight double edges sword, typically with some form of complex hilt and possesing 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 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
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.
Bolognese Swordsmanship 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 Bolognese swordsmanship sources are Antonio Manciolino’s Opera Nova and Achille Marozzo’s Opera Nova. Students start with the sword and buckler, and then add the other weapons combinations
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 dagger.
Term 1: 31 January – 4 April
Term 2: 2 May – 27 June
Term 3: 11 July – 19 September
Term 4: 10 October – 12 December
Term 1: 1 February – 5 April
Term 2: 3 May – 28 June
Term 3: 12 July – 20 September
Term 4: 11 October – 13 December
Canada Bay Civic Hall, 1a Marlborough Street, Drummoyne (There’s parking across the road in the shopping centre car park)
7.30 – 9.00 pm – Traditional Italian Fencing
9.00 – 10.30 pm – Italian Greatsword
7.30 – 9.00 pm – Bolognese Swordsmanship
9.00 – 10.30 pm – Italian Knightly Combat
$150 per 10 week term per system
Casual rate: $25 (1 system) / $40 (2 systems) per night
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.
Contact Richard Cullinan for more information or to book into the class.
PH: 0407 917 497
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