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La Verdadera Destreza in the non Spanish speaking world

Imagen de Alberto Bomprezzi

A few days ago I could see some comments on one of the videos I have in my youtube cannel that perfectly show how La Verdadera Destreza is still completely misunderstood. I am not blaming anyone for this I am just establishing the fact.

This is the video

 

 

 

and the comments are just below.  One of those who clearly show this misunderstanding are this:

  1. What this got to do with Destreza?
  2. It is a special system which these guys fails to portray
  3. It is not Destreza, just ordinary rapier/daga fencing

All three comments start making a mistake since the very beginning which is assuming that Destreza is practical system, different from others styles of fencing because of a certain particular postures and attitudes.

The first one is interesting because shows how the writer thinks he knows what Destreza is, probably assuming the old idea that we should have the arm extended and walking in circles.

The second one explicitly declares that for him Destreza is a special system and obviously he also thinks he knows what Destreza is in practical terms.

The third one, again, makes the same mistake, also thinking Destreza should be different than “ordinary fencing”.

Whoever has ever read Spanish treatises know that they almost invariably do not explain techniques and guards but describe and explain a theoretical system.

A practical system is the ensemble of techniques and practical actions, binds disengagements, disarms etc we use in actual fencing. To put it simple is what we do when we fence assaults, which may be training assaults, full contact or competitive ones. How these actions were used in actual combat we do not know and we will never know. All we know are the intermediate steps, where we should start the phrase of arms, with what part of the blade we should perform the bind, where our body should be placed when binding, what steps we should use to transfer the bind etc. but not how to do it. This is up to us, fencers. And it is up to us the teachers to develop, creating a new practical method that respects the theory that is effective and that produces new well practically trained and theoretically prepared fencers. 

For that reason, being honest, there is no way to pretend that a modern Practice is the historical one, the one that portrays how the Spanish masters fenced. We do not know.

(to be continued)