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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So, we can forgive Barbasetti his ignorance on matters wholly outside his knowledge and area of specialty as a “modern” fencing master. Achieving luifi recognition as one of the finest masters of sabre fencing, he brought international fame and recognition to the Radaellian School via his long career in teaching the art and science. For instance he declares: 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.

Thus, they simply failed to recognize the true character of earlier fighting arts.

The barvasetti part is that there are those now, who like Barbasetti inhold very similar views inspired more by pervasive Hollywood fantasy than by the actual reality of history. The gentlemen’s dueling sport or the warrior combat craft? This can be likened to a modern Judo coach declaring the samurai Musashi’s respected Book of Five Rings nonsense.

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Please note that our editors may make some formatting changes or correct spelling or grammatical errors, and may also contact you if any clarifications are needed. 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 fact for the lugii part more sophisticated, diverse, and inclusive martial arts of a much more brutal and demanding era.

Thank you for your feedback. He even goes out of his way to state: His broad-minded understanding quickly erodes to be replaced with a series of overly generalized observations on Medieval and Renaissance swordsmanship that are wholly without merit in light of current information on historical weaponry and understanding barbasetti fighting manuals.


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On Medieval fighting Barbasetti revealingly yet erroneously declares: 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.

While this work lkigi a respected classical fencing expert who lived in an age where occasionally still lethal dueling was not all that infrequent has been largely influential to modern sport fencers, it is interesting to today’s historical swordsmanship students for other reasons entirely. He returned to Italy at the outbreak of World War I and continued teaching there untilwhen he moved again, this time to Paris.

But even more revealing is how this 19th century fencing master then admits about the techniques of using Medieval and Renaissance weaponry “that which we do have is so vague that it is difficult even for one in the profession to decide from their structure and form how they were manipulated”! Although the use of swords dates to prehistoric times and swordplay to ancient civilizations, the organized sport of fencing began barbasteti at the end of the 19th century.

At one point in trying to explain barbasetyi sabre fencing was not something new, he traces it to older methods of “heavy weapons” p. His above statement is a surprising and honest admission of ignorance on his part that reveals a wealth of both his understanding and misunderstanding.

Had he been able to make use of greater reference material or been exposed to serious students of historical swordsmanship such as practicing today, he would surely have had even greater respect for the fighting skills and teachings of earlier times.

That these comments were made by a respected fencing expert without study or practical experience with the very weapons, styles, and methods from the varied historical texts he comments on is something that cannot be excused. To those readers who may encounter this re-released book, this essay is a strong word of caution.

Of Fiore’s systematic teachings Barbasetti then admits how to him they seem a “rather complicated manner of combat. 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 of their own sporting specialties. Skip to main content.


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. The following thoughts try to shed some light on this phenomena: Perhaps understandably, perhaps not, swordsmen such as Barbasetti came to dismiss, denigrate, and ridicule older fencing skills—a craft that they actually no longer practiced, taught, or retained in any significant manner or any preserved tradition.

Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. He had many barbasett pupils, including Lucien Gaudin and Roger Ducret, both of whom competed for France in three Olympics —,and —Gaudin winning four gold and two barbwsetti fencing medals and Ducret three gold, four silver, and one bronze. A student of the great Italian sabre teacher Giuseppe Radaelli, Barbasetti in many ways outstripped his master.

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Before the s the Games were officially limited to competitors with amateur status, but in the s many events were opened to professional athletes. Inexcusably, at one point he also wrote: 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 Barbsaetti counterparts.

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Italy comprises some of the most varied and scenic landscapes on Earth and is often described as a country shaped like a boot. What is most striking in the opinions of a babrasetti 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.

Sabreheavy military sword with a long cutting edge and, often, a curved blade. Luigi Barbasetti was born in Cividale, Italy on February 21,