Princes and Lords learn to survive with this art, in earnest and in play. But if you are fearful, then you should not learn to fence. Because a despondent heart will always be defeated, regardless of all skill.

- Fechtmeister Sigmund Ringeck, 1440

 

 Sometimes you will be as an extinguished light: do not doubt, you will soon be back. To gain the Art, not the old but the new, no effort was too great and very happy I am of having found it. I keep it secret, but as I let it go, I swear, it gives me riches and so it happens to those having this virtue.

-Fillipo Vadi, Liber de Arte Gladitoria de Dimicandi

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Tenets of Swordsmanship

1. Protect Yourself
“do not be greedy for and in the war”
- Fechtmeister Johannes Lichtenauer
2. Be in the Vor
“Those with wisdom loath, the one forced to defend. “
- Fechtmeister Johannes Lichtenauer
3. Be Efficient
“Indes is a sharp word that cuts all fencers who don’t know anything about it. And Indes is the key that unlocks the art of fencing.”  
  ~ Fechtmeister Sigmund Ringeck
4. Be Deceptive
“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.”  
― Bruce Lee
5. Be Brave
“cause good braveness with strength makes an opponent faint-hearted”
- Fechtmeister Johannes Lichtenauer
Princes and Lords learn to survive with this art, in earnest and in play. But if you are fearful, then you should not learn to fence. Because a despondent heart will always be defeated, regardless of all skill.
- Fechtmeister Sigmund Ringeck, 1440