Jean-Louis Michel (fencing)

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Jean-Louis (1785 – 1865) was a mulatto fencing master, sometimes hailed as the foremost exponent of the art of fencing in the nineteenth century.


  • A foil should be held as one holds a little bird; not so tightly as to crush it, but just enough to prevent it escaping from the hand.
    • Vigeant, Arsène. Un Maître d'Armes sous la Restauration. Paris, 1883.


  • Fencing is the art of conciliation.