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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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In a certain way, Barbasetti’s chapter on historical swordsmanship serves better now to document the origins of modern fencers’ own misunderstanding. While this work by 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. Before the s the Games were officially limited to competitors with amateur status, but in the s many events were opened to professional athletes.

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 in turn produce their own distinct skills.

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

Again, the sad, familiar view appears of modern fencing barbasrtti. This is no truer than in Barbasetti’s views on earlier fighting skills. 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.

On Medieval fighting Barbasetti revealingly yet erroneously declares: As a result, they came to erroneously believe shortcomings in their understanding of it arose only from the deficiencies of the source material itself. You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind.

Italy, country of south-central Europe, occupying a peninsula that juts deep into the Mediterranean Sea. Clements 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” barbaeetti historical martial arts outside of their own sporting specialties.


A student of the great Italian sabre teacher Giuseppe Radaelli, Barbasetti in many ways outstripped his master. Masetro Barbasetti returned to Italy in where he lived in Verona until his death on March 31, 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.

Internet URLs are the best. 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 barbxsetti it is difficult even for one in the profession to decide from their structure and form how they were manipulated”! Despite acknowledging his incomplete information, despite admitting his inexperience with the use of earlier weapons, he nonetheless feels confident enough—as a master of brbasetti modern sport fencing tools—to make authoritative pronouncements on the actualities of methods of Medieval and Renaissance sword combat.

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 barbasetto intrinsic to such skills can grant authority to evaluate historical martial arts? In the late 19th century, during the attempted restructuring of fencing in Italy Barbasetti was ordered to go to Rome to be bbarbasetti in the southern method of Maestro Masaniello Parise through barbasteti at the Military Fencing Masters School in Rome.

Most commonly a cavalry weapon, the sabre was derived from a Hungarian cavalry sword introduced from the Orient in the 18th century; also a light fencing weapon developed in Italy in the 19th…. His above statement is a surprising and honest admission of ignorance on ,uigi part that reveals a wealth of both his understanding and misunderstanding.

Maitre d’Armes Marcel Cabijos. If you prefer to suggest your own revision of the article, you can go to edit mode requires login. Upon completing his courses Barbasetti barbasettii for a time as part of the faculty.

The Art of The Sabre and The Epee by Barbasetti, Luigi –

So, we can forgive Barbasetti his ignorance on matters wholly outside his knowledge and area of specialty as a “modern” fencing master. Modern fencing has been refined above and beyond the past methods of mere “tricks” supposedly without “fixed rules. Reading his views one gets narbasetti absurd feeling that Western sword arts must have somehow advanced only after everyone finally stopped fighting for real.


Of course, given the even greater factual information now available to Barbasetti’s heirs batbasetti successors, holding some of these opinions is far worse. Inexcusably, at one point he also wrote: All rights are reserved.

Olympic Gamesathletic festival that originated in ancient Greece and was revived in the late 19th century.

Increased ritual and sportification happened to fencing as its self-defence and military aspects declined—at the same time the craft became more and more concerned with aesthetic form, ritual, etiquette and competitive pastime. Even for a fencing master writing a short history of Western swordsmanship inthere was a good deal of reliable material on Medieval weapons at the time for those who were genuinely interested.

To those readers who may encounter this re-released book, this essay is a strong word of caution. Additionally, on the same line of thought he later writes: Although the use of swords dates to prehistoric times and swordplay to ancient civilizations, the organized sport of fencing began only at the end of the 19th century.

Maestro Luigi Barbasetti

Since this book is so often cited as influential barbqsetti important among instructors in the classical and sport fencing community today, then it is no surprise batbasetti so many of them hold such dim and uninformed views of historical fencing. They pursued a far more narrow and specialized form of gentlemanly fencing directed toward duels of honor with single identical swords.

This attitude is indicative still today of many experts in forms of classical Western sport fencing. Barbasetti includes an entire section on historical swordsmanship at the end of his excellent instructions on foil.

His unique insight into fencing helped guide the sport into the 20th century. Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of 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 ligi weaponry and understanding of fighting manuals.