Jean-Louis Michel (fencing)

French fencer

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.