Discussion in 'Fencing Discussion' started by cornflower, Jul 3, 2005.
For the Catholics on the board:
Wow, when I was confirmed into the church Michael was the Saint's name I used.
Can he really be a saint when he's an archangel?
Anywho, Michael kind of rocked anyway. This is just icing on the cake.
I had always assumed that St. George was the patron of the sword, at least amongst the English-speaking.
He is the patron saint of Knighthood and Chivalry, I suppose u could also find patron saints for the mace, the ball&chain and the hauberk....
On a more serious note, being the leader of the host is what sort of akes him the constable of God, a good take on fencing....
I wonder what the fencing would be like for the turning sword....
Thats awesome becuase Michael is my patron saint... Well becuase there isn't a saint lauren so my middle name Micele=Michael...
Thats how i figure it
There is a Saint Lawrence, or Laurent, or Laurentius. Patron saint of armorers and cutlers, among other things. Might fit. ( Also of cooks, brewers and vintners if that helps. )
I've actually been bumping into the reference a lot recently. In NJ there's a Filipino Martial Arts group called San Miguel Escima as well as Vito Quattrochi, a teacher of Italian stiletto fighting (http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=163768)
This is a post from one of his students
"The art is actually called San Michele or Saint Michael There is a strong spiritual thread to this art and the initiates must take an oath to Saint Michael the Arch Angel asking him to be their spiritual mentor in this Art. Believe me the art goes much deeper that that little book. As I understand it the origional book was much longer and in greater detail. But the origional publishers shortened it and took out all the spiritual subject matter for their American readers. The Spiritual art is called Benedicaria and the cerimonies are very martial in their practices. I participated in one of these esoteric blade cerimonies and was awed by the power of these Sicilian Blade fighters. I am urging Don Vito to put togeather another book baised on the teachings of his Grandfather Don Guiseppe Quattrocchi. I think it would be fasinating to all blade fighters."
INteresting... and here I was thinking that I'd get flamed for a religious-type post. Either way, I posted because I thought it was cool that fencing had an archangel as a patron. That bodes very well for fencing!
very cool cornflower, rep for you!!
No no. That patron is for the classical fencing cult and the stage combat folks.
My fencing patron is Sergei Gulibitsky and he is still alive and fencing.
"Alive and flicking"..?
HAAAA! If only I could rep you for that! I'll try to remember.
I think that is St. George patron of fencers!
Guy Williams as Zorro. How many of us took up the sport because of him and th Disney series.
How about St. Bernardo de Corleone.
Shoemaker by trade, and considered the greatest swordsman and duelist in Sicily in his day. After mortally wounding a man named Canino in a duel, he sought sanctuary from the law in the church of the Capuchin Friars Minor in Palermo. While hiding there, he had a true conversion, and became a lay-brother of the Order in 1632, changing his name to Brother Bernardo.
Noted for his extreme austerity and self-imposed penances in an attempt to atone for his earlier life. Had the gift of healing animals by prayer.
Without ever looking it up, I'd pegged the blessed Archangel Michael as the patron of fencers and bought a medal of St. Michael to wear when I fence.
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