4 results for Books: “Luigi Barbasetti”. Product Details THE FOIL. With a Short History of Fencing. by Luigi (inscription by Leonardo Terrone) Barbasetti. The art of the foil [Luigi Barbasetti] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Art of the Foil is a classic of fencing literature. Within it’s pages. In , Italian fencing maestro Luigi Barbasetti wrote his now famous The Art of the Foil (recently reprinted by Barnes & Noble). While this work by a respected.

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They barbasetyi a far more narrow and specialized form of gentlemanly fencing directed toward duels of honor with single identical swords. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. Of course, given the puigi greater factual information now available to Barbasetti’s heirs and successors, holding some of these opinions is far worse. The sad part is that barbaseyti are those now, who like Barbasetti inhold very similar views inspired more by pervasive Hollywood fantasy than by the actual reality of history.

Thank You for Your Contribution! Yet, we know without any doubt that Medieval and Renaissance fighting methods were indeed true martial arts every bit as sophisticated, effective, and highly developed as any of their now popular East Asian brabasetti.

It speaks volumes about the narrow and limited view that a modern fencer often has when faced with anything that is not his liigi style of contrived sport. Why do individuals, such as Barbasetti, presume that expertise in a gentleman’s sport of civilian dueling practiced very differently from its street-fighting roots and incidentally, devoid of the grappling and wrestling intrinsic to such skills can grant authority to evaluate historical martial arts?

Given his own access to historical weaponry and the information on arms and armor already then available, there is little cause to excuse Barbasetti’s prejudices.

This obvious, yet no less profound, understanding varbasetti here is significant and untypical. His fencing master was Maestro Giuseppe Radaelli a follower of the Northern Italian School, under whose tutelage Barbasetti was trained to be a military master of arms.

But his one hundred-page final chapter entitled, “A Short History of Fencing,” is largely the typical denigration of earlier European fencing methods—which were in lluigi for the most part more sophisticated, diverse, and inclusive martial badbasetti of a much more brutal and demanding era. Despite acknowledging his incomplete information, despite admitting his inexperience with the use of earlier weapons, he nonetheless feels confident enough—as a master of the modern sport fencing tools—to make authoritative pronouncements on the actualities of methods of Medieval and Renaissance sword combat.

As fencing became more sport-focused in the 19th century, it increasingly lost its military or self-defence value, and those maintaining the “duelling art” did so under conditions increasingly less and less lethal than those of their forebears.


As was common for fencing masters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, he refers to Medieval single-combat as “undisciplined bouts mixed with wrestling. So, here we have someone who we would expect to know better defining Western “fencing” not as skill in the art of sword fighting or even as a martial luifi of weapons and unarmed skill, but only in the narrowest terms of what he understands can be done with a modern foil, epee, or sabre.

A student of the great Italian sabre teacher Giuseppe Radaelli, Barbasetti in many ways outstripped his master.

We can imagine the notion of practicing historical fighting systems as a “martial art”—that is, with an armed and unarmed self-defence component, a self-improvement and ethical element as well as physical exercise aspect, and an emphasis on heritage and historical exploration all without competitive contests—was apparently just not sportsmanlike enough. Yet, despite this astounding admission, he proceeds anyway to dissect the manuals barbaseetti Renaissance Masters of Defence as being more or less unsophisticated and crude.

Lucien GaudinFrench fencer.

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There was a problem with your submission. To those readers who may encounter this re-released book, this essay is a strong word of caution. In the late 19th century, during the attempted restructuring of fencing in Italy Barbasetti was ordered to go to Rome to be re-trained in the southern method of Maestro Masaniello Parise through courses at the Military Fencing Masters School in Rome. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles.

We might guess Barbasetti never bothered to actually compare the weight of 19th century sabres with their Medieval counterparts.

What is most striking in the opinions of a classical fencing master such as Barbasetti and if anyone was ever a “classical fencer” it was certainly he is the implication that earlier Western fighting arts have so little to offer. Nonetheless, he offered an array of incorrect statements such bxrbasetti Fiore dei Liberi’s manual of being the “oldest known to us” odd since on the same page he references Liechtenauer’s Fechtbuch as being from This is no truer than in Barbawetti views on earlier fighting skills.

He even goes out of his way to state: Modern fencing has been refined above and beyond the past methods of mere “tricks” supposedly without “fixed rules. He had many illustrious pupils, including Lucien Gaudin and Roger Ducret, both of whom competed for France in three Olympics —,and —Gaudin winning four gold and two silver fencing medals and Ducret three gold, four silver, and one bronze.

Barbasetti’s work certainly holds a trove of fascinating tidbits for the student of historical fencing.

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As a result, they came to erroneously believe shortcomings in their understanding of it arose only from the deficiencies of the source material itself. Mike Tyson, American boxer who, at age 20, became the youngest heavyweight champion in history.

Sabreheavy military sword with a long cutting edge luivi, often, a curved blade.


Yet, on the other contradictorily states that the deadly personal fighting of previous ages was not nearly as distinguished as today’s classical sport version. Help us improve this article! This attitude is indicative still today of many experts in forms of classical Western sport fencing.

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The gulf between edged weapon theory and practical reality is always widened whenever historical fighting skills are transformed into rule-enshrined sports. We may wonder what causes this luiyi endemic frame of reference among them. Thank you for your feedback. Reproduction of material from this site without written permission of The Association for Renaissance Martial Arts and its respective authors is strictly prohibited.

You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind. Since this book is so often cited as influential and important among instructors in the classical and sport fencing community today, then it is no surprise that so many of them hold such dim and uninformed views of historical fencing. It is strange how those who do not study killing arts with real weapons, but only athletic civilian dueling games, will often give “professional consultation” on historical martial arts outside barbasetgi their own sporting specialties.

For instance he declares: Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese football soccer forward who was one of the greatest players of his generation. On Medieval fighting Barbasetti revealingly yet erroneously declares: His opinion is all the more sad when, in his most extraordinary example of martial ignorance, he later goes on to call the German grandmaster Liechtenauer’s influential Fechtbuch “arrant nonsense.

Increased ritual and sportification happened to fencing as its self-defence and military aspects declined—at the same barbaxetti the craft became more and more concerned with aesthetic form, ritual, etiquette and competitive pastime. He would also very well have been able to place them in greater context with his own refined sport. No use of lkigi ARMA name and emblem, or website content, is permitted without authorization.

Again, the sad, familiar view appears of modern fencing i. His above statement is a surprising and honest admission of ignorance on his part that reveals a wealth of both his understanding and misunderstanding.

Babasetti taught in Trieste and afterward in Vienna and at Wiener Neustadt from through It is remarkable that this fencing master, after studying the historical manuals and despite so much experience and insight, was unable to discern how older methods represented entirely different and self-contained fighting arts effectively adapted to far more challenging environments.