Christopher Umbs said:Pete Kautz and crew do good work. It is really simple to use compared to civilian dueling sabre in the French or Italian schools.
Cold Steel's free DVD on swords has a section dedicated to saber drills. Not a huge amount of material, but you can't beat the price.Basicman said:Can anyone recommend some good books, videos, or DVDs to learn the basics of Sabers, Foils or Epee? I am not looking to ever compete. I am just looking for dills and such to do on my own. More to just use them for exercise. I am in the middle of Nebraska and there are no instructors nearby (closest one is 5.5 hours away). Any suggestion would be appreciated.
It's promotional- they show how well their swords cut and such- but no purchase is required. Just go to their website and request it. It's like a video catalog with an instructional bonus. They'll send you a paper catalog along with it.arnisador said:Free? Is it promotional with a purchase, then?
For the HES approach to the Western Martial Arts, check out www.thearma.orgChristopher Umbs said:You can divide the Western Martial arts world any number of ways, but one was is between Living Traditions (LT) and Historical European Swordsmanship (HES). HES studies those weapons without LT and even some that have it by using the printed treatises. There are a lot of these schools/study groups popping up all over. Check out http://swordforum.com/ for forums and lists of groups.
Dueling sabre is well within the range of LT so that's the way to go for that weapon.
M. Martinez teaches French and Italian sabre.
M. Crown http://www.classicalfencing.com/ is in Ithaca teaches French sabre in Ithaca, NY
M. Sinclair http://www.scherma-antica.org/ Teaches Italian sabre in Italy
M. Manusardi in Italy http://web.tiscalinet.it/canneitaliana/ teaches sabre as well as cane
M. Lurz http://home.pacbell.net/parsec-e/ teaching in California - Italian
M. Hayes http://www.northwestacademyofarms.com/ in Oregon - Italian
Maitre Zakrzewski teaches Polish Infantry sabre in Canada, but I don't know if he has a website.
I think the best book one could get is Barbasetti's 'The Art of the Sabre and the Epee' if you're looking for something already in English.