Italian rapier: Nicoletto Giganti

George Zacharopoulos

In this workshop we will work on the basics of the Italian rapier fighting using as a guide the teachings of the Venetian maestro Nicoletto Giganti as laid out in his treatise “Scola, overo, teatro….” (1606). Body mechanics, footwork, guards, counterguards, tempo, measure, attack and defense and all the necessary elements of rapier fencing according to the maestro. Time permitted we will also work on a couple of his plays of “coming to grips” (close distance techniques )from his second book published in 1608.

Needed Equipment: 
Sword, fencing mask, light gloves, chest protection.

Skill level of Participants: 
Beginner, intermediate.