THE ANDREA LUPO SINCLAIR ACADEMY OF MARTIAL
"We really do need to know our body mechanics, no matter what we
do: in the extreme situation it will work only what our body knows"
"Knowing ourselves and our own
Nature and Potential is the main thing we need, far before techniques
or styles." - ALS
FENCING DEFENCE - and the "Walking
on The Edges" Circle Theory -
"Fencing" today means the sport or the art of the sword. It
can be Sport Fencing, Historical Fencing, Classical Fencing, etc. and
it is mostly related to swords or to the use of weapons.
However, the original meaning of "Schermo/Scrima/Scherma" (Italian
for "Fencing") was for "Art of Defence" as
a complete knowledge of the use of body and mind, based upon a deep philosophy
and very versatile technical principles, applying with or without
The original "Schermo" can be really defined as a complete
Martial Art, both armed and unarmed.
Although we no longer live as the people of the past, the legacy of this
Art is a very valuable heritage of different systems, knowledge, awareness,
body mechanics and education that it is worthing to know and practice.
Therefore, the "Fencing Defence"
system that I created as a development of the weapons method I taught
in FISAS, incorporates
all my researches and experiences of a 25
years-long studies in all kind of Fencing and several different Martial
Arts, from the psychology of a fight to the body mechanical
research, inspired to the spirit of the Free Masters of the past
to create a personal system and style to develop and improve our personal
and unique potentials both in body and mind.
- All the various systems of this Art can be practiced with free sparring
(Skirmishing, Schermire). A pleasant, very efficient and effective
system to learn and apply;
- Its unique didactical and philosophical background is a great experience
of self knowledge; it develops senses and awareness, timing, reflexes,
analysys and decisional skills;
- Its body mechanics are a valid physical training also for other Martial
Arts, disciplines and practices, to attain energy, health and body efficiency.
In the ALS Academy we mainly train on:
- Rapier Sword & Dagger :
The "Old School" Italian fencing systems of the Renaissance,
mainly based upon the Sidesword/Early Rapier - as the "queen"
of all weapons - used together with a Dagger or a Gauntlet; a system that
is the resume' of all the earlier schools and the foundation of all the
It applies in its body mechanical basics to every weapon - such
as Longsword, Sword & Buckler, Broadsword or Polearms - and unarmed
It is the Fencing as an exclusive and unique Art, including also
all the aspects of geometry (the "Walking on The Edges"
of the Circle Theory) philosophy, psychology and education (the
"School of Sprezzatura") typical of this ancient aristocratical
- Stick Fighting : walking stick
and two handed stick from the XIX-XX century street defence
The use of the stick and the knife was typical of the lower classes until
the XIX century, that the high was carring a sword.
In the early '800, to carry a sword was no longer allowed to anybody,
regardless of the social class, thus the walking stick became part of
the dress of the gentleman and was adapted to street defence and incorporated
in period interstyle systems such as the Bartitsu.
It applies in its principles also to barehand methods such as Boxing
Stick/Knife fighting is a very flexible and adaptative system
that can be applied in different contests and situations.
- "Scherma da Terreno"
: The Classical/Duelling Italian Fencing, the "New School" as
it has been traditionally taught and practiced until the first decades
of the XX Century and that is the foundation of the modern Sport, although
differing from it.
It is based upon the Late Italian Rapier ("Spada all'Italiana"),
the Sabre - both the military and the civilian one ("Sciabola
da Terreno") - and the Duelling Epée ("Spada
da Terreno") with "pointe d'arrét".
It is the Fencing as a Science, quick, practical and effective,
very connected to the specifical characters of the weapons.
- Research on Body Mechanics, Psychology,
Mindset : "defence" in its more extensive meaning, also
to protect the body and mind not only from an attacker but also from the
injuries of a wrong practice.
A proper study on body mechanics is a foundation of a healthy practice
to attain efficiency regardless of our body complexion, and to
learn how to deal with stress and danger of the body and the
From the Personal Defence system "RIS" to a complete and unique
study on the Chinese Butterfly Sword-Knives (Wu Dip Dao) as those used
in the Wing Tsun, to study of "occasional weapons"
- the usual all-day common objects turned into possible defensive weapons
- to "tensional" energy drills and stress tests, it is a system
tailored to the person, to learn how to use all our resources,
both physical and psychical.
"Timing - Distance
(Measure) - Way - Judgement - Nature "
These are the Five Keypoints of the Fencing as Defence: to understand
your Nature and to apply all your resources in the right Way, Time and
Distance, according to your Judgement, and we apply them in our three
levels of practice:
- Defence: the knowledge of our body mechanics and of the most
useful and natural motions to protect ourselves in a kind of "no
rule" situation under heavy stress;
- Duel: with "duel" we mean all kinds of free sparring,
from the full martial applications of a fight to the training for a codified
competition, to develop stamina and energy;
- Academy: as it is proper of every research in a Martial Art,
the attaining of the highest personal possible level of knowledge, technical
skill and virtuosism, self control and phylosophical awareness.