Monthly Archives: August 2012

Giovanni dall’Agocchie – Footwork

In dall’Agocchie’s system there is a default set of movements that need to be internalized. In the heat of battle, when there is no time to think, this is what you fall back on. Right Foot Forward If you wish … Continue reading

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Giovanni dall’Agocchie – More on Parries

It is better to parry with the true edge than the false because true edge parries leave the point on-line for a thrust. And whenever you can thrust, the cut is also an option. Both cuts and thrusts are useful, … Continue reading

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Giovanni dall’Agocchie – Day 2, Introduction to Parries

Introduction Dall’Agocchie puts priority on the unaccompanied sword, as it is more readily available than a sword with another tool. Dall’Agocchie believes that the fencing from half sword, that is to say crossed blades, is an advanced technique that is … Continue reading

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Marozzo’s Sword and Buckler, Assault 1 Part 3

New Guards ·        Cinghiara porta di ferro ·        Guardia di sotto braccio The Assault Start: Remaining in the guardia alta [right foot forward but close to the left] 1: I want you to throw a tramazzone to a cinghiara porta … Continue reading

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Marozzo’s Sword and Buckler, Assault 1 Part 2

New Guards ·        Porta di ferro alta The Assault Start: Being in the guardia alta 1: I want you to make a gran passo with the right foot. [Forward or back?] 2: Now throw a mandritto above the arm and … Continue reading

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Footwork Diagrams for Marozzo’s Sword and Buckler, Assault 1 Part 1

Guards ·        Coda lunga e larga ·        Guardia di testa ·        Guardia alta ·        Coda lunga e distesa ·        Coda lunga e stretta ·        Porta di ferro stretta The Assault Start: Now I will begin the first assault of the … Continue reading

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Practice Notes – A Montante is not a Falso

A montante is not a falso. Sounds pretty obvious, doesn’t it. Three different names for three different actions. But in the heat of the battle, one might forget this fact and use them interchangeably. I am broaching this topic specifically … Continue reading

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