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    Capoferro has landed!

    Hi Everyone,

    I will just get right down to it!

    Capoferro's Art and Practice of Fencing is here!


    Tom Leoni's much-anticipated translation and analysis of Ridolfo Capoferro's famed 1610 masterpiece of personal defense with the elegant and deadly rapier.

    Among the original treatises on the use of this weapon, the most prized by historical fencing revivalists in the last 150 year has been Capoferro's Great Representation of the Art and Practice of Fencing. In this remarkable text, Capoferro described and illustrated--in unmatched detail--the use of the rapier alone and with a left-handed dagger, cloak and shield, offering the modern historical fencing student a true wealth of Renaissance fencing theory, form and repertoire.

    In this new edition, expert researcher and rapier instructor Tom Leoni offers a full, accurate and accessible English translation of Capoferro's teachings, complete with high-resolution reproductions of the 43 original illustrations taken directly from the superior copy owned by our friends at the Academie Duello in Vancouver, British Columbia. The clarity and detail of the illustrations, and Tom's unmatched translation would make this a must-have for all rapieristas, but Tom has also included bullet-point synopses of all the actions illustrated by Capoferro, a glossary of rapier-fencing terms with examples referring the reader to how they are used in the text, a primer on key rapier-fencing concepts and actions, as well as a historical introduction about Capoferro and his extraordinary role in the revival of historical martial arts.

    Either used by itself or in conjunction with Giganti's work, this is an ideal way to immerse yourself in the art of the Renaissance duelist.

    We aren't the cutest Christmas Elves you've ever seen, but hopefully we just made some folks' holiday season a little brighter!

    Best wishes,

    Greg, Adam, Christian, and Tom, aka The Freelancers
    Greg Mele
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    Sweet!
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    Glad to see this one is out. I've been looking forward to it for a while, since it is the rapier text that all the 19th century authors seemed to be so in love with. I suspect the bulleted breakdowns of the text will help new fencers a great deal, if they're not advanced enough to really pull some of the instructions out of context.
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    USPS just dropped it off and at first glance it looks awsome... each plate has a short description and then a synopsis of each persons actions, action by action/counter. Awsome job Tom... now back to reading.
    "Please look in the encyclopedia and make a brief memorandum for me concerning the life of Correggio."
    Elbert Hubbard

    Nakamura Ryu Batto Do, Order of Seven Hearts

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