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While we would never hear a Western fencer comment that by comparison their sport was far more sophisticated or refined than the traditional sword styles of Asian martial arts, they have typically not hesitated to say so in regard to antique arts of European heritage.

Reproduction of material from this site without written permission of The Association for Renaissance Martial Arts and its respective authors is strictly prohibited. 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 barbasettj now popular East Asian counterparts. Barbsaetti GaudinFrench fencer. 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.

Barbasetti includes an entire section on historical swordsmanship at the end of his excellent instructions on foil.

At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context. Clements It is strange how those who do not study killing arts with real weapons, but only athletic civilian dueling games, bqrbasetti often give “professional consultation” on historical martial arts outside of their own sporting specialties. As a result, they came to erroneously believe shortcomings in their understanding of it arose only from the deficiencies of the source material itself.

Reading his views one gets the absurd feeling that Western sword arts must have somehow advanced only after everyone finally stopped fighting for real.

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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. 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. 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.


Thus, they simply barbasettti to recognize the true character of earlier fighting arts. Barbasetti’s work certainly holds a trove of fascinating tidbits for the student of historical fencing.

Often one does not know that one does not know, after all. This is bizarre given Barbasetti’s prior statements about how he apparently understood how social, military, and technological conditions historically dictate what weapons and armors are used, and luiig turn produce their own distinct skills.

Thank You for Your Contribution! To those readers who may encounter this re-released book, this essay is a strong word of caution. Still, even today it is an all too common occurrence. Additionally, on the same line of thought he later writes: 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.

Today, his legacy continues with a great many proponents of modern fencing sports holding similarly unenlightened views. All rights are reserved to that material as well. 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 art 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.

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His above statement is a surprising and honest admission barbasettti ignorance on his part that reveals a wealth of both his understanding and misunderstanding. Olympic Gamesathletic festival that originated in ancient Greece and was revived in the late 19th century.

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.

We might guess Barbasetti never bothered to actually compare the weight of 19th century sabres with their Medieval counterparts. 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 most part more sophisticated, diverse, and inclusive martial arts of a much more brutal and demanding era.


This attitude is indicative still today of many experts in forms of classical Western sport fencing. Yet, despite barbadetti astounding admission, he proceeds anyway to dissect the manuals of Renaissance Masters of Defence as being more or less unsophisticated and crude.

Luigi Barbasetti was born in Cividale, Italy on February 21, 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. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval.

For the student of Renaissance martial arts, his questionable chapter is a sobering reminder of how much work still lies ahead. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: Mike Tyson, American boxer who, at age 20, became the youngest heavyweight champion in history.

Babasetti taught in Trieste and afterward in Vienna and at Wiener Neustadt from through Currently, the Games are open to all, even the…. Which fighting skills would seem to reflect a more inclusive “martial art”? Again, the sad, familiar view appears of modern fencing i.

Modern fencing has been refined above and beyond the past methods of mere “tricks” supposedly without “fixed rules. 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.

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 of fighting manuals.

At one point in trying to explain how sabre fencing was not something new, he traces it to older methods of “heavy weapons” p. We may wonder what causes this seemingly endemic frame of reference among them. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. However, he is hardly alone in his bias. Maitre d’Armes Marcel Cabijos.