Fabris, Notes on Chapter 4

Chapter 4

Counter-postures are formed such that, without moving, your opponent doesn’t have a direct line attack against you. This must be done without touching your opponent’s sword.

  • While forming counter-postures, try to be subtle.
  • It isn’t a counter-posture if your sword isn’t stronger than your opponent’s.
  • If you form your counter-posture too far away, when you move in your opponent has time to interrupt you with a new counter-posture of his own.
  • All this assumes that any mutation occurs outside of striking range.

If your opponent steps back to form a counter-posture, step forward as you form yours to regain the advantage.

Form your counter-posture slowly and with controlled actions so you can interrupt it if necessary.

Don’t approach unless you have a good counter-posture.

If you find yourself shut out by your opponent’s counter-posture, break measure and start over. Keep breaking measure until you find an advantageous situation.

Try to form your counter-posture outside of range. If you must form a counter-posture in misura larga, don’t move your feet. This gives you the ability to counter or retreat if you are interrupted.


Take turns forming counter-postures, testing each to determine if it is sound.

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