Theory and practice of the 19th century military fencing

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
703MTPVS Z 1 12S Czech

Subject guarantor

Michael KŇAŽKO

Name of lecturer(s)

Michael KŇAŽKO

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course will introduce the students to the theoretical and practical aspects of the French foil and Italian sabre fencing as taught at military academies at the end of the 19th century.

The acquired knowledge and skills are applicable in theater and film practice.

Mode of study

Practical hands-on course at the training centre in Poněšice October 17 - 18 2020.

Saturday October 17 2020

10:00 - 13:00 French foil

14:00 - 17:00 Italian sabre

Sunday October 18 2020

10:00 - 13:00 French foil / Italian sabre

Prerequisites and co-requisites

No prior knowledge required to enrol for this course. To complete the course in Poněšice, good health is required.

Equipment: sportswear / footwear and protective gloves (compulsory), fencing mask (optional).

During the course it is necessary to pay attention to SAFETY and DISCIPLINE and strictly FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS given by the instructor.

Course contents

The content of the course comprises of the history and theory of the French foil and Italian sabre fencing and its practice at military academies at the end of the 19th century.

The practical part of the course starts with basic stances and steps, continuing with the basic weapon positions and parries, on to attacks, ripostes and irregular manouvres.

During basic training students get to know thrusts, attack renewals, feints, binds and their changes, beat attacks, glides and grazes, dodges and disengagements, all of which they then develop in set exercises.

Recommended or required reading

Recommended reading:

French foil fencing:

Josef Ott: Das System der Fechtkunst à la contrepointe auf den Stoss, Olomouc 1852

Dr. Miroslav Tyrš: Tělocvik ve vojště, Šermování končířem, Praha 1868

Dr. Miroslav Tyrš: Základové tělocviku, Šermování bodmo, Praha 1873

Ministére de la Guerre: Manuel D´Escrime, Paris 1877

Camille Prevost: Théorie Pratique de l´Escrime, Paris 1886

Robert Tvarůžek: Šerm končířem, Brno, 1926, 1933

Dr. Jan Černohorský: Šerm fleuretem a kordem, Praha 1947

Leonid Křížek: Historie evropských duelů a šermu III – Od duelového ke sportovnímu kolbišti, Praha 2015

Čestmír Čivrný: Šerm fleretem, Praha 2018

Italian sabre fencing:

Giuseppe Radaelli/Settimo del Frate: La Scherma la Sciabola e di Spada, Milano 1872

Masaniello Parise: Trattato Teorico Pratico della Scherma di Spada e Sciabola, Roma 1884

Ferdinando Massielo: La Scherma Italiana di Spada e di Sciabola, Firenze 1887

Luigi Barbasetti: Das Säbelfechten, Wien 1899

Robert Tvarůžek: Šerm šavlí, Brno, 1910

Leonid Křížek: Historie evropských duelů a šermu III – Od duelového ke sportovnímu kolbišti, Praha 2015

Assessment methods and criteria

Active participation in the course is necessary for a successful completion of the course. Credits are awarded based on activity in the exercises.

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The course will take place at the training centre in Poněšice under the guidance of MgA. Michael Kňažko.

Further information

Course may be repeated

This course is an elective for all AMU students

Schedule for winter semester 2020/2021:

Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
17.10.2020 10:00–17:00 Michael KŇAŽKO
18.10.2020 10:00–13:00 Michael KŇAŽKO

Schedule for summer semester 2020/2021:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans