Marozzo – Capitula 1

After the usual benedictions, Marozzo stresses the importance of the Segno or cutting chart that would adorn the walls of any fencing school of that era. He equates them to the alphabet in terms of importance.

This segno I outline in this book in order that you do not forget.  But he who watches this segno is just, like  the alphabet, for you know that when one goes to the school to read the drawings, then they learn first the alphabet, for of that comes all letters and like this from the segno comes all the attacks.

The cutting terms he expects you to learn are:

  • filo dritto
  • filo falso
  • Mandritto tondo
  • Mandritto fendente
  • Mandritto sgualembrato
  • Mandritto redoppio
  • Falso dritto
  • Montante
  • roverso tondo
  • roverso sgualembrato
  • roverso fendente
  • roverso redoppio
  • false manco
  • falso dritto
  • falso roverso
  • dritto
  • roverso

Once the students have worked for four or five days on the cuts they can start learning the guards. Marozzo calls out some as being more important than others at this stage:

Especially the porta di ferro larga, and porta di ferro stretta and alta and coda lunga e alta and coda lunga e stretta and also cinghiara porta di ferro and in guardia alta and coda lunga e distesa

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