Monthly Archives: July 2012

Giovanni dall’Agocchie – First Assalto

The purpose of this kata is to teach the student how to step both forward and back while transitioning between guards. I have broken the prose into steps and highlighted the guards but have not changed the wording. Start:Suppose you … Continue reading

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Giovanni dall’Agocchie – High Guards

Next up is the high guards. Again, there are four primary guards and a few others mentioned in passing. Guardia d’alicorno: Unicorn guard, essentially prima/first Guardia di testa: Head guard, arm is well extended and online. Sword is angled diagonal … Continue reading

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Giovanni dall’Agocchie – Low Guards

Giovanni selects four low guards to focus on, but he does mention others. Coda lunga stretta: Sword outside the right side, right foot forward Coda lunga alta: Sword outside the right side, left foot forward Porta di ferro: Sword above … Continue reading

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Giovanni dall’Agocchie – Attacks

Giovanni uses the same basic cuts and thrusts we see in any Bolognese system. As a recap, they are: Mandritto: All cuts from the right Riverso: All cuts from the left Fendente: Vertical downward cuts Squalimbro: Diagonal downwards cut Tondo: … Continue reading

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Giovanni dall’Agocchie – Introduction and His Complaint about Modern Fencing Masters

Giovanni dall’Agocchie presents the first book of his Dell’Arte di Scrimia as a dialog between himself and Lepido Ranieri. I am primarily using the William Jherek Swanger translation. It begins with Giovanni attempting to convince Lepido of the importance in … Continue reading

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Practice Notes–Attack your Foe, not his Sword

Once again I tried to use Schielhauw, the Squinting Cut, and once again I failed. After much discussion we came the conclusion that my fundamental problem is that I was attacking the sword. If I throw the squinting cut with … Continue reading

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Peter Johnsson Part 3

Reconstruction of a Broken Sword First Guess Second Guess A rhythm of two and four And a vesica pattern Assuming the proposed length is correct, the vesica pattern gives us this: A New Sword Design Each sword has its own … Continue reading

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