Dueling Sabre ― Italian School

Italian Dueling Sabre, “Pecoraro model”, close-up of hilt.
Italian Dueling Sabre, “Pecoraro model”.

The Italian school of sabre is based on the dueling sabre, not the military sabre. Its foundation is the study and practice of the molinelli, which are types of circular cuts. There are two schools, which may be generally divided, into northern and southern. The southern school emphasizes the execution of the molinelli, with the wrist as the axis of rotation, while the northern school emphasizes the elbow as its axis. As is typical of the Italian schools, the guard position is relatively low.

The sabre taught is the northern system that adheres to the teachings of its founder Maestro Giuseppe Radaelli and his pupil Maestro Luigi Barbasetti.