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Lecture from Longpoint: Reinier Van Noort’s “From Fabris to Pascha”

by Meg Floyd

Today I want to share a great lecture I attended at Longpoint this year–Reinier Van Noort’s Lecture exploring the German lineage of Salvator Fabris, author of the famed 1606 work Lo Schermo, Overo Scienza D’Arme, one of the most influential works on rapier in the 17th century. In his lecture Van Noort discusses the current extant manuscripts we have of Fabris and those who mention him, as well as postulating relationships between them based on historical evidence. It’s fascinating stuff, so check it out.




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Guest Column: A Review of Reinier Van Noort’s English Translation of L’Ange’s “Deutliche und Gründliche Erklärung der Aderlichen und Ritterlichen Freyen Fecht-Kunst”

by Piermarco Terminiello


Review: Lessons on the Thrust: An English Translation of Jeann Daniel L’Ange’s “Deutliche und Gründliche Erklärung der Aderlichen und Ritterlichen Freyen Fecht-Kunst” – Translated by Reinier Van Noort

First Impressions

The 1664 rapier treatise of Jéann Daniel L’Ange had long intrigued me.

The plates depict an Italianate method of fencing, with a simple cross-hilted sword, and interesting plays including some rather brutal grappling.

But not reading German, looking at the plates was as far as I could get. Until the intrepid Reinier Van Noort, current holder of the Best Researcher title from HROARR HEMA Scholar awards, presented us with a full modern English translation.

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Another Update from ProGauntlet

by Meg Floyd

Literally less than five minutes ago, the ProGauntlet team posted an update on their Kickstarter page. Take a look below to see how things are going now:

Dear ProReader,

Here’s a message that will be news to some and no surprise to others. We’d like to give specific attention to a couple of recurring questions which we’ve received over the last year. Most are a polite variation of: “When’s this bloody glove going to hit the market?”. We’re well aware that this has been on the minds of many of our backers and followers and we do understand if you’re a little impatient. After all, it’s been about two years since we started our crowdfunding campaign, right?

The truth is, we’d like to see this glove on our hands more than anyone. However, we’ve deliberately been careful with indicating any release date. If we have somehow given you the impression that we would be done in record time, we do apologise.

When we began this journey, we had to start almost from scratch on a complex product that existed only in our minds, armed with a burning desire, a strong commitment and a handful of calculated assumptions. The good news is, the desire and the commitment are still there. However, many of the assumptions have gone straight out of the window. And that is fine, because we have learned so much since then. Most importantly, that design is not a linear process. It’s more like a drunk bicycle ride. Through sheer determination, you know that come the morning, you’ll likely wake up in your bed. But it will take plenty of failures and detours ‘till you actually get there…

Fortunately, unlike the drunken cyclist, we know better and better where we need to go and what we need in order to reach our home goal.

We have learnt to be both very critical about quality and to be realistic about our own expectations. What matters is that we want a unique product that will truly make a change for HEMA. If we don’t take the time we need, we will soon be at the exact same point as where we started: with two broken fingers at the infirmary, wishfully dreaming of something better. How happy would you, our backers, be if the ProGauntlet was yet another glove, perhaps slightly better, but not THE glove you’re looking for? To us it’d mean a waste of precious time and resources.

On the other hand, we do know that at a certain point it will be good enough to launch. And we’re doing what we can to make that moment happen as soon as we can.

Since the end of the crowdfunding campaign, we both have spent two days a week on average on ProGauntlet. But only part of that time is spent on design. Other activities include: resource management, expanding (and reducing) team size, production research and design, finding production partners, consulting experts, patenting and legal research and documentation, feeding the intern and the list goes on… Such is the nature of innovative entrepreneurship

Furthermore, when we became part of the YesDelft business incubator, we took a personal bank loan of 30.000 euros to use for the PG development. This is money we invested in our company, money that we will have to pay back. We believe in what we’re doing, we hope you share this belief. We are creating something wonderful, and that takes time.

This message is not a complaint or an excuse. We are truly thankful that we were given the possibility to undertake this wonderful and challenging endeavour. We can assure you, we are determined and we are making good progress.

All we would ask of you is to reach into that well of patience and trust us when we say that the day you will don your own set of ProGauntlet gloves is coming closer.

Maarten & Youval

Team ProGauntlet

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The Nordic Historical Fencing League (NHFL) Kicks Off at the Helsinki Longsword Open!

by Meg Floyd

The NHFL kicked off its second year with the Helsinki Longsword Open this weekend. Competition promises to be fierce. Below are pictured the top three from the mixed and women’s longsword divisions.

Photo by Markus Koivisto.

Photo by Markus Koivisto.

The results are here:

Women’s division
1st Eliisa Keskinen, EHMS, Finland
2nd Margit Reiersen, Bergen HEMA, Norway
3rd Julia Yli-Hukka, GHFS, Sweden
4th Michaela D’Orlando, WSG, England

Mixed division
1st Carl Ryrberg, Örebro HEMA, Sweden
2nd Ties Kool, AMEK, Netherlands
3rd Thomas Nyzell, UHFS, Sweden
4th Kristian Ruokonen, EHMS, Finland

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A Toast to Merda Gravis

by Meg Floyd

Dutch fencer Maurice Booij recently posted a thoughtful article on his fencing club’s toast, merda gravis, and on what’s really important in life. I encourage you to go read it during this holiday season.

Photo by Jac Drazdir.

Martial arts teach to live in the moment. (Why this is important, and a good thing, I’ll discuss more deeply in a following article.) 

Living in the moment ensures full focus on that what you are doing at that particular time.
This is not only positive because you forget anything that stresses you out, otherwise,
it also quite effectively prevents you from doing something you’re not supposed to do...”