Who am I?
I'm a displaced HEMA instructor and mechanical engineer moving to the DFW area. There are many many great schools in DFW, but none who focus on what I really love which is the Bolognese school, and I am honestly looking forward to being a student again for a couple of years. So I am starting this blog to keep track of my solo training and document my progress while still visiting these other schools in the DFW area. I also look forward to sharing Bolognese with other enthusiast but currently have no plans of starting my own club in DFW.
So who am I and what is my background? I'm one of the Co-Founders of East Texas Historical Fencing in Tyler Texas. There I taught and trained in Fiore for about 3 years, and the Bolognese school of fencing for around 2.5 years. When I was younger I trained in Combat Hapkido for around 7 years, as well as MMA, and I competed in American Kickboxing. My competition record is nothing to write home about.
So what is my path that I am following in this art?
Well after getting a set of Danelli Armouries heavy entry level side swords it became obvious that my body mechanics needed work. They were heavy enough that I wore myself out incredibly quickly, and after recovering from a training related arm injury I didn't think I should just tough it out. Greg Mele recommended that I pick up Viggiani's Lo Schermo to fix my body mechanics. This has quickly become one of my favorite sources, and is my go to for introducing students to side sword. Actually this last weekend I did a workshop at ETHF's November Steelfocusing on Viggiani's "30 minute lesson."
Now that I feel my basic body mechanics are at a much better place, I am going back to Dall'Agocchie. Time to polish up his two forms, and start working through his plays from cover to cover, including learning his sword and dagger.
Concurrently, I am going to begin work on Marozzo's Spadone, Ken Harding's excellent PDF has been a great introduction to it. Sadly as an engineering student I didn't have much time to work with it.
These two goals should keep me busy for some time to come.
What is Bolognese Fencing?
A school of fencing was founded by Phillipo Dardi in 1412 in Bologna Italy. Dardi was a geometry professor at the university in Bologna and was sanctioned by the city to teach fencing. In the 1500s several of his successors wrote books on this particular method of sword play, the most notable of them are Marozzo, Mancillino, The Anonimo (Anonymous Treatise), Viggiani, and Dall'Agocchie. While Bolognese encompass all types of weapons, there is a large focus on sword and buckler, and sword alone.
I will have a section in the future about gear I've used and recommend for side sword and other fencing.