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Mastering the Art of Arms, vol 1: The Medieval Dagger

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A complete introduction and training manual for medieval Italian dagger combat, based entirely on Fiore de' Liberi's treatise from 1410, Il Fior di Battaglia.
This book covers everything, including: how to fall safely, equipment selection, fundamental principles, basic techniques, skill-development up to freeplay, and even armoured combat with the dagger, and defending wit
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Paperback, 162 pages
Published November 2012 by Freelance Academy Press
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Jaymes Dunlap
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my first HEMA text. I have familiarity with internal styles of Eastern martial arts (Kendo, Gongfu styles), and needed a good primer to introduce me to the Historical European system. Windsor did not disappoint in this first volume, nor do I expect the following to either. Windsor with his relaxed, scholarly attitude and considerations impressed me as he bases his system on Foire's work, The Flower of Battle.

To those looking to diversify their current systems: This is not a self-defense
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Todd LaRoche
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The dagger from the flower of battle

Look up Fiore on Wikipedia to find the history of the remaining manuscripts. It is interesting how many hands these manuscripts had to pass safely through to be in any sort of condition to read.
Tom
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very good introduction on the rondel dagger, good easy to follow instructions with illustrations, while I did get through this quite quickly this will be a good reference for me in the future, recommended for those studying Fiore or medieval HEMA in general.
Andrew
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An indispensable guide to the dagger of Fiore. Incredibly useful for the beginner, or a club starting out.
Coger Ethan
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do wish this had more solo striking and blocking drills in it, but it was a very insightful look into that particular style of dagger. I'll be looking elsewhere for more information on the use of modern styles of weapons though.
Michael Flynn
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great instructional

Perfect book for a hema journeyman looking for drills to practice with the dagger.
Great illustrations and explanations.
Already started drilling at my club.
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