Dante di Pietro

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Master Dante di Pietro
Resides: Barony of Caer Mear, Atlantia
Status: Active
Awards: Order of Precedence Entry

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Dante joined Atlantia in early 2001, in the Barony of Caer Mear. In 2005, he began to study historical Italian rapier in earnest. In 2008, he moved to the Barony of Stierbach before eventually returning to Caer Mear in 2015.

Dante is passionate about historical fencing and the instruction thereof. A career educator, he is always willing to spend time helping someone improve their training methodology or work through a question regarding fencing.


Late 16th century Venetian

Offices & Positions

  • Deputy Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences for Historic Combat Studies, 2008-2012
  • Deputy Society Minister of Arts and Sciences for Historic Combat Studies, 2012-2016

Projects & Publications

On Historical Fencing with the Rapier and Dagger, by Darren Di Battista. This text serves as a practical introduction to Italian fencing concepts as they appear in the works of Capoferro, Fabris, and Giganti.

Dante offers instructional validation and certification through his salle, the Di Pietro School of Defense. Whether you are a learner or a teacher, you can use these tests as a guide to ensure that you are on the right path. The test document contains a list of recommended reading with links.

This guidance document explains how to control cut calibration.


  • Lady Sanada Katsumi
  • Lord Tassin Navatier
  • Lord Jacques Gonse

Awards and Achievements


  • Master of the Laurel
  • Master of Defense
    • Companion of the Sea Stag
      • Premiere, Order of the Sea Dragon

Classes Taught

  • Mechanical Advantage in Italian Rapier
  • Capoferro Seminar
    • Guards
    • Advance, Retreat, Pass, Lunge, Recover
    • Finding the Sword
    • Cavazione
    • Tempo
    • Line and Presence
    • Girata and Other Voids
  • Properties of the Four Guards
  • How to Teach a Class
  • Dagger as Defensive Secondary
  • Dagger as Offensive Secondary
  • Footwork and Ringcraft: Controlling Field Position
  • How to Train
    • Self-Evaluation
    • Training with Purpose
    • Fight Analysis and Observation
    • Reading Your Opponent
    • Fight Psychology
  • Controlling Calibration in Cut & Thrust
  • The First 1000 Hours: Building a Curriculum to Train Fighters
  • Principles of Tournament Design
  • Principles of Melee Scenario Design
  • Finding Your Combat Identity
  • A Sphere Can Be Thought of as a Very Round Wedge