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Below are the three texts used in the Fencing Masters Program and Fencing - All Levels. The Science of and a Gentleman". Maestro Aldo Nadi also enforced unwavering rules in his salle as seen in his academy pamphlet. Download File . Thesis for: Classical Fencing Master Trainer. Cite this publication Download full-text PDF. Content uploaded by . Aldo Nadi (). Aldo Nadi (29 April – 10 November ) was one of the greatest Italian fencers of all Aldo was born into a fencing family in Livorno, Italy, and both Aldo and his brother Nedo . Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version.

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On Fencing [Aldo Nadi, Paul Gallico, Lance Lobo] on *FREE* have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App. Amateur champion and Olympic gold medalist, professional competitor and fencing master, duelist and teacher, Aldo Nadi ranks among the greatest fencers of. On Fencing book. Read 5 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Sharp black and white cover. Stylish cover photo.

Born at the turn of the twentieth century into an Italian fencing family, Nadi grew up in a milieu that fostered a passion for fencing. In this outstanding guide, he offers an unsurpassed wealth of technical and tactical advice and evokes the sport's glamour, romance, and excitement. Suitable for both beginners and advanced fencers, this comprehensive guide to foil technique progresses from fundamentals to sophisticated maneuvers. Nadi presents philosophical and practical evaluations of every facet of the game, from attack, defense, and deceit, to the impulse to win, the tournament temperament, and the ability to analyze opponents. Only a fencer of Nadi's caliber could write with such complete authority, sharing the secrets discovered with many years of experience.

Orley and Domolky received admission to Stanford. Magay, through the assistance of an acquaintance, was accepted into UC Berkeley. Between school and work, training in fencing took a back seat in all of their lives.

This, after living in a situation where fencing was their entire life, was the new model for survival. In Hungary, Magay, alongside Hamori, Keresztes, Orley, Pallaghy and Domolky, had been among the elite athletes, training and fencing full time in preparation to step up to replace the older generation of fencers who had dominated the world sabre scene for decades.

Indeed, Gerevich had been on the Hungarian sabre squad since Magay, Hamori and Keresztes had been the top contenders to take their spots for the Olympics. Magay was on the gold-medal winning World Championship team for Hungary and made the individual finals.

Hamori and Keresztes were both on the team that, likewise, won the team gold. And while the three younger fencers had made the decision to defect from Melbourne, there was no bitterness on the part of the older fencers who remained. Kovacs had reason to know, as he was a mainstay on a Hungarian squad that, irrespective of what individuals were on any given team, went undefeated from through in international competition.

If the Hungarian sabremen were in attendance, they won gold. Another photo from the Nationals shows Keresztes on the left and Magay, mid-flight, on the right. That was the tradition and expectation that Magay grew up with. In choosing the United States, he knew that the level of training and competition needed to maintain dominance would not be there. But the level of competition — and more, the time to focus solely on fencing — was not.

With all that, Magay still became a dominant force in the US. His individual victory in was nearly a repeat of , ending with a fence-off with Nyilas.

After a very intense series of meetings and votes, and over the initial objections of the Hungarian delegation, two of the four, Magay and Orley, were accepted as competitors in the individual sabre event. Three days later, after hearing no doubt an earful from Budapest, the Hungarian representatives withdrew their fencers from the individual sabre and epee events, while remaining in the team events.

The stateless fencers could not field a team. Peter Bakonyi, living in Canada, had been accepted into the epee individual event on the same basis as Magay and Orley.

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To add a little additional drama, Dan Magay then had an acute attack of appendicitis and was rushed to the hospital. Hamori and Orley both proved their right to be there by making it to the semi-finals. In fact, Hamori was on fire early, finishing the first two rounds with just a single defeat. The only American entry to do as well was Robert Blum who reached the finals and finished 8th.

Of course, if the Hungarians had entered Karpati, Kovacs and Gerevich, the whole outcome would have been re-written, considering that Hungarian fencers had won 16 of 21 available medals 6 gold, 6 silver, 4 bronze in the previous 7 years of championships. He did not compete at all in He came storming back in , winning his third Individual title and also helping the Pannonia squad to another gold in Team. All the rest had gone to Hungarians: Nyilas, Magay, Orley, Hamori — and they won the next three as well, with Hamori capturing a second, and Keresztes and the youngster Orban each winning one.

The lineup in order of placement from the Nationals. Dan led his Pannonia sabre team to victory at Nationals, as well. By all the Hungarians who defected in had become American citizens and Olympic rules had been amended to allow an athlete to compete under a second flag.

Rule 41 of the Olympic Charter states that the only stipulation for changing nationalities for Olympic representation is a 3-year period between representing one nation and another. Consequently, Magay, Hamori and Keresztes were all eligible to represent the US, along with other new citizens Orley and Orban and several others.

The qualifying path to the Olympics had an additional piece as well. National results and an Olympic Trial would both factor in, along with some carryover points from the previous year. Magay finished Nationals in 8th place. This time, Magay took first place following a fence-off with Robert Blum. It seems he at one point considered legal action to force a reevaluation of the points system and a recount.

In the long run, he dropped the matter. I will say this; I do not believe there was an agenda against Magay or anyone else, although the US was certainly motivated to get the excellent former Hungarians onto the team. In fact, was the very first time the Olympic team had been selected based entirely on a results-based points system. Maybe there were some issues with it but Dr. If he says they did their best to make it fair — and in an interview he told me exactly that — I believe him.

A news article featuring Ferenc Marki and Dan. They went first to Italy, then Brazil. Dan made contact with him in Brazil to ask if he would take over at Pannonia upon the death of George Piller.

Marki, followed soon after by his family, moved to San Francisco. Dan fenced in just one more Nationals, skipping , and in took second in a 4-way tie.

Magay took the silver medal on indicators. After that Nationals, Dan felt he had done everything he was capable of in the sport. At age 34, he could only look forward to his skill and stamina deteriorating over time and seeing his results drop accordingly. On the other hand, his newfound love of skiing was something he felt he could only get better at.

He stepped away from the sport of fencing from that time on. Csaba Pallaghy was the other finalist, and while he may not have been a Hall of Fame fencer, which could be debated, he was an extremely capable administrator and worked tirelessly for fencing for decades following his competitive career. But Dan Magay was for many years the top fencer in that crowded field of exceptional competitors, an example of excellence that others aspired to.

Harold Hayes of the Pacific Fencing Club had told me of their existence and agreed to meet me there to get a look at the books. Sharing those photos on the internets? Not so much. However, I can share what I learned. Born in , Alpar was a military man and officer in the Hungarian Army. He was trained at the prestigious Toldi-Miklos military school under Alfred Geller. There, he was assigned the task of instructor for about 15 different sporting activities including all sorts of water skiing.

They probably were. That dude was in shape. Like, Jack LaLanne shape. Jack LaLanne help for the youngsters. Oh, and tan. He worked for the US Military for about 30 months and in late or early he and his wife got on the Cunard ship Scythia and emigrated to Canada, settling in Toronto. Once established, he taught fencing at the University of Toronto, won trick riding awards at water skiing competitions and life was good.

Anyway, Alpar is on the left above. Sometime in , he received a letter from one John McDougall. He founded American Fencers Supply after learning the fencing equipment business from Hans Halberstadt, started something like five clubs and taught at several more. John opened the San Francisco School of Fencing in He had a grand plan for the place. Not just fencing instruction but judo, trampoline, swimming and dance. After teaching fencing for about a year, he hired a couple of assistants; Jack Nottingham and Charlie Selberg.

Nottingham had been teaching up in the Portland area, but had some sort of falling out with — it would appear — just about everyone in the Oregon Division, so he was looking for work. Charlie had just graduated from SF State. John was also giving Charlie lessons but upon the arrival of Jack, turned Charlie over to him.

Things went on for awhile like this until John had a falling out with Jack. Then Charlie got a job teaching art at a High School near Redwood City, leaving John back at square one as the fencing teacher. John made Julius an offer, Julius accepted and moved to San Francisco, site unseen. Alpar with author Diantha Warfel. There is a series of photos with these two and somewhere along the line I was either told or assumed that the woman was the President of UC Berkeley.

Diantha wrote a teen novel about the exciting sport of fencing, published in You can find an old copy at a range of pricepoints on abebooks. Alpar brought a new energy to the SFSA and if the photos tell the truth, seemed to be having a good time. I have to assume that he also did a little moonlighting at Pannonia AC, as he is pictured with the National Sabre Team Champions of UC Berkeley, that school with the on-again, off-again relationship with fencing, had briefly been the employer of George Piller until his passing in But Berkeley would certainly improve his status as a coach and, more realistically, pay a good deal more.

John, with his usual kindness and humanity, recognized what a good opportunity this was for Julius and graciously let him out of his contract. A group of UC Berkeley fencers pose with Alpar in From on, Alpar kept Berkeley infused with fencing instruction without a break until he retired in His tenure at Cal may well be the longest stretch any fencing coach ever had in the way of a straight run. For whatever reason, it seems anytime they need to drop a program or monkey with budgets, the fencing teacher draws the short straw.

But Alpar seems to have beaten the odds. There are some truly wonderful pictures of him, his wife and their many friends and compatriots from Hungary, Canada and the US. Having the time of his life. I wonder if it holds up? Burke, in my memory of the show, had a unique ability to trace the origin of modern technology back to inventions from ages past, noting how seemingly insignificant developments in one area would lead to the next leap forward somewhere else. Andrew Boyd in an undated photo.

Likely from Andrew Boyd was a fencer I have wanted to know more about for quite some time now. His name appears regularly in tournament results dating back to the early s and continued until the early s. I wonder how he got around so much? There is also data to be mined by perusing back issues of American Fencing Magazine for tournament results.

Boyd and his competitive successes.

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I also knew when he was born and when he passed away, but nothing else. While trying to find out more about Boyd, I hit upon the idea of sending an email to the city clerk of his former town, which I found on Wikipedia.

Can I just say, I love small towns. Everybody knows somebody who knows everybody. After a series of back and forth emails, I determined to take a drive over the mountains — through Yosemite, actually — to the Owens Valley and meet the Boyds. Come to find out, Andrew the elder had several children and grandchildren who were all well-versed in the story of their Olympian family member.

Andy had a weapons bag, photos, news clippings, trophies, even a home-made scoring machine, although the wires have now been pirated for some other project. Note the two lightbulb sockets on the top. Boyd was selected to the Olympic team and was the only SoCal representative on that team. No, not today politics. Ancient fencing politics. Back in the days of yore, the East Coast hegemony ran things. They founded the organization, they made the decisions. Both the Nor Cal and the So Cal divisions had good numbers of members back in the s and s.

This caused no small amount of frustration for folks who fenced at places other than the New York Athletic Club.

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This bubbled over in the lead up to the Olympics. They put a bunch of their best fencers on a train headed west and challenged the noisy Californians to put up or shut up. The results ended in a decidedly different manner than the New York contingent expected.

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Having demonstrated their mettle, the West was granted a path to the Olympics. The top finisher in each weapon at the Pacific Coast Championships would be granted a spot on the team. This upped the ante for PCC participants, to say the least. Carfagno won the Silver medal in foil at the Nationals in , the year after this was taken.

Like Boyd, he was a likely candidate for the cancelled Olympics. For reasons lost or obscure, this set of rules were altered slightly for the selection of the team.

Only one West Coast fencer was picked for the Berlin Olympics. Without a teacher, do not start combat until: a you feel that your hand begins to control the weapon and its point; b you do not have to think of your feet in order to make them move correctly; c you have some clear ideas of what you should do, and not do.

When you wish to fence with an experienced fencer, treat him with due respect.

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He will be happy to please you. For the more your heart bleeds the better fencer you will become. No fencer can afford to be continuously tense. Relax completely whenever you can, i.

There must be a reason for even the slightest motion of your point. Every fencer must have within himself a touch of the gambler When in doubt, the fencer must attack. Should any reader smile at this contention I feel extremely sorry for him, for it proves that he does not even begin to grasp the concept of fencing. Even in their simplicity, vary your actions until you find one that will score. Second Intention — the very essence of fencing! To win, a sound technique may not always be sufficient.

To win, you must possess other tangible and intangible qualities. Always bear in mind that it is far more preferable to take part in a competition under rather than over conditioned. Before your first bout you should exercise until you feel that all muscles are ready.

Give particular attention to the flexibility of your fingers, i. In calling these quickly you will please both the jury and your opponent. Never stop the fight, get up from your guard, or take off our mask- a very dangerous and quite objectionable act- just because you think you have scored.

It is your ability to parry which assumes foremost importance; and even when the situation seems hopeless, it may yet save your skin. He was born into a fencing family in Livorno, Italy and was taught along with his brother Nedo by their father, Beppe Nadi. They were taught in the Italian school of fencing — however, Aldo would say that his style incorporated the best of both the Italian and French schools.

In , Nadi won gold medals at the Olympics in all three weapon divisions team and won a silver in individual sabre, second only to his brother. In , his book On Fencing was published. Also in , he relocated to L. He even made a film appearance himself in To Have and Have Not In , Nadi wrote his autobiography called The Living Sword published 30 years after his death.

To begin with, I refused to work every day. With my weight constantly under pounds, I simply had not enough physical power to do so, while Nedo, about one inch shorter than I, was heavier and far better and more harmoniously built. I reminded myself of a breadstick, but I instinctively knew that my long and thin muscles were as wiry as steel and that I could always depend upon them — provided I did not abuse them. I felt now sufficiently mature to assume responsibility towards my own future, and my rebellious decision to work less and only when I felt so disposed proved to be the first step in the right direction.