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  1. Almost everyone who has ever looked at Silver has...

    Almost everyone who has ever looked at Silver has interpreted his true and false times as being a clear and explicit discussion of how in any attack you must create a threat before you create a...
  2. There are two tempi in your action. The initial...

    There are two tempi in your action. The initial movement in is in the time of the foot and body and is therefore a false time. Anything that may occur in a second tempo is irrelevant because you have...
  3. No such position exists as Silver explicitly...

    No such position exists as Silver explicitly states in several places, for e.g. BI 2(4) and 4 (13). There is no guard that protects against any blow.
  4. Dear Vincent, Silver defines two distances,...

    Dear Vincent,

    Silver defines two distances, "The first distance" which is where you cannot strike your opponent without a foot movement (analagous to the Italian misura larga or wide distance) and...
  5. Dear Marinus, I'm pretty sure that I've done...

    Dear Marinus,

    I'm pretty sure that I've done this at least once in all these threads, but here goes again.

    In his addendum at the back of BI Silver writes, "There is but 1 good way to gather...
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    Thank you for your apology Oz, but as it referred...

    Thank you for your apology Oz, but as it referred to a thread on a different forum, I wonder why you chose to post here?

    The thread in question is...
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    Interpretations of Silver

    There has been a lot of ink wasted over the last couple of weeks with people making what I and many others regard as rather bizarre claims about Silver's system. I have been largely busy working and...
  8. and the very next line after that states that...

    and the very next line after that states that "when he presseth upon you & gayneth you The place, then strike or thrust at him in his comynge in." (BI Cap 3 (5)) We can keep playing this game if you...
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    Poll: I'm at a loss as to how to reply to this. The...

    I'm at a loss as to how to reply to this. The wheels of a car are round, ergo the whole car is round, umm, no, I'm afraid that logic just doesn't stack up.

    The hand is not the entirety of the...
  10. This is what Silver tells you to do against...

    This is what Silver tells you to do against someone who closes distance without attacking. However, Silver states categorically that your opponent is unlikely to be able to bear your attack upon his...
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    Poll: Who's saying anything about a slow attack? Using...

    Who's saying anything about a slow attack? Using broken time at distances where you have to step or pass to strike your opponent allows you to attack as fast as possible from these distances AND do...
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    Poll: Goodness me, I go away for a couple of days and...

    Goodness me, I go away for a couple of days and an extra hundred posts appear. Firstly let me state that I am in complete agreement with Paul Wagner's most recent long post (post #100).



    As I...
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    Hi Bill, I was thinking specifically of...

    Hi Bill,

    I was thinking specifically of Ringeck and Talhoffer's buckler plays.

    Cheers
    Steve
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    The word which is translated as common or...

    The word which is translated as common or ordinary is generalis/generales. I'm not sure what word was used to denote commoners, but I supect not this one.

    However, this doesn't discount Roland's...
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    Poll: Short answer, read pages 10-14 of my book English...

    Short answer, read pages 10-14 of my book English Swordsmanship.

    Long answer - Joerg nailed it succinctly and Paul expanded on it well. You must move the hand first as this both creates a threat...
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    Hi Oz, Ok, the sections on judgement and...

    Hi Oz,

    Ok, the sections on judgement and distance are great, but I have some difficulties with the section on time and place. I've copied Silver's text on the grounds below with long s's...
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    What period? There are a lot of manuals. There...

    What period? There are a lot of manuals. There are a few early manuscripts which are pretty confusing even for those who study them. Then there's George Silver with Paradoxes of Defence (1599) and...
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    Ah memories... The ABC has put up the report....

    Ah memories...

    The ABC has put up the report. It can be found here. There's a couple of moments that make me cringe a bit (like the take where I commented to my student "that was awful, what's the...
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    Oh, and why I was on TV - it was just a "local...

    Oh, and why I was on TV - it was just a "local man does interesting thing" story at the tail end of the state news bulletin.
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    Hi, I'm trying to find a link to the report....

    Hi,

    I'm trying to find a link to the report. Eventually I hope to have it housed on Youtube. The report was pretty well done. It had some nice combat and an instructional sequence but vastly...
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    Dear Jakob, The closest school that I know of...

    Dear Jakob,

    The closest school that I know of is Collegium in Armis in Brisbane. http://www.collegiuminarmis.com/. You might also want to ask on the Australian Historical Swordplay Federation...
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    Hi Frank, I got the cudgel movie fine, but the...

    Hi Frank,

    I got the cudgel movie fine, but the others wouldn't play. I just got the music.

    Cheers
    Steve
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    Hi Frank, Nice site, but I have to ask, why do...

    Hi Frank,

    Nice site, but I have to ask, why do you spell defence the American way, with a s? The old Maisters of Defence would not have approved ;-)

    Cheers
    Steve
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    Thanks again for all for the help. Matt, I...

    Thanks again for all for the help.

    Matt, I was aware of that. I actually lived in Marsfield for five years.

    So it's starting to look as if the term "Arts of Mars" might be a WMA urban myth. I...
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    Thanks for that. I just went through Smythe's...

    Thanks for that. I just went through Smythe's Discourses and there's no reference to the Arts of Mars or martial arts. I'm not familiar with Smythe's Instructions.

    Cheers
    Stephen
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