Martial history

Sword and shield of the Spanish Part 2

Sword and shield of the Spanish Part 2

The Rodella had two uses, one being to protect the user and the second as an offensive weapon itself. Before looking further at this there is simply not enough room to fit a full explanation of the shields use from the 16th century to the 17th as its use changed with the fencing systems as they progressed.

Sword and shield of the Spanish Part 1

Sword and shield of the Spanish Part 1

There is one weapon set used throughout the known world, that combination is the sword and shield. In this article we will take a look at the use of a specific type of shield known as a rodella (round shield) in combination with the sword, how it was used and the history behind it. 

The Dardi tradition of Bologna

The Dardi tradition of Bologna

As a long time practitioner of martial arts I have seen and experienced many different combative systems. It has been a long search to find a system that suited not only my hunger for knowledge but also my own personal style.