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 spada and brochiero stretta, which is very beautiful and useful for playing and for teaching. Note, before going to play you must find a companion/partner; but I want you to take a side of the room with your brochiero, below to the left side, that is on your upper thigh, and your right foot close by the left in good form and with the sword in the coda lunga e larga with the arm extended and the body upright and as courteous as possible.

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1: Here I want you to advance your right foot forward and at the same time cut with the false edge at the copula of the brochiero and bring the copula near your face.

2: Then make a gran passo with the left foot, forward and to the right and then strike the sword with the brochiero. End in the guardia di testa with the arm extended

3: and then bring the point towards the ground, that is with the false edge of your sword towards your brochiero and strike your brochiero with the false edge.

4: Then throw a high upwards cut with a mandritta and in this cut you do a molinello by making a gran passo forward with the right foot towards the left.

5: Then make another [molinello?] with the left foot and go over the brochiero and strike the brochiero with the pommel of the sword on the side inside the rim.

6: Bring the sword hand forward and place the sword point towards the ground and

7: then bring the right foot forward and cut with a montante.

8: Again [montante?], with the foot towards the left and ending in the guardia alta and your brochiero extended.

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9: Now cut with a fendente against the rim of the brochiero with your right foot back and the blow to the left against the right. End in the coda lunga e distesa.

10: Finally make a gran passo forward to the right, punching the sword with the brochiero and going into a guardia di testa.

11: Then bring the false edge of the sword towards the copula del brochiero making a gran passo with the right foot towards the left and immediately cut with a montante as the right foot comes left. End in a guardia alta with your arm extended. Your left thigh will be guarded from your enemy and your right foot will be extended. You will have reached close to your enemy being agente or patiente. But I suggest that you be agente, that is you are the one attacking. You should be in guardia alta with the right foot forward.

12: You should attack with a mandritto sgualembratto that goes over the arm with your buckler extended towards your enemy.

13: Step with the said foot [right] towards the left and at the same time make a cut to the head. Or, cut to the leg with a mandritto; or a roverso, or thrust, or tramazzone.

14: I want you to do them in the same time as you make a gran passo with the right foot. And you will throw a roverso sgualembrato against the rim of the brochiero and you will end in the coda lunga e stretta.

15: Cut then at the enemy’s head.

16: Then I want you to bring the point under the buckler and then cut with two tramazzoni at the face of your enemy.

17: [2nd tramazzoni] End in the porta di ferro stretta.

18: Now, when in the porta di ferro stretta, your enemy may attack to the head. So I want you to bring up your sword accompanied by the brochiero into the guardia di testa and parry the cut.

19: Straightway on parrying I want you to throw a mandritto tondo at the legs while stepping with the right foot to the left.

20: Then throw a roverso sgualembrato montando immediately and end in the guardia alta with both arms extended.

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21: Next make a gran passo taking the right foot behind the left and cut with a fendente.

22: Lastly you will return a cut with the left foot forward.

23: Then punch the sword with the brochiero and in said punching I want you to do a half turn of the fist, that is to move the point of the sword towards the ground and touch the copula of the brochiero with the false edge of the sword and pass with the right foot into a gran passo towards the left.

24: Cut with a montante and end in guardia alta with the brochiero as extended as possible.

Notes

In Step 5, the word “make another” may refer to another step or another molinello. Both seem to work, but a descending molinello nicely mirrors the ascending molinello from step 4.

The pair of montante in steps 7/8 are done with a expanding and contracting movement of the foot.

Steps 9 thru 20 are done with the left foot fixed. Using only the right foot, Marozzo is showing you how to move from the opponent’s left side to his right and back.

Step 10 is liable to hit the opponent on the back.

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  2. Grauenwolf says:

    Step 20 should be numbered 20/21 as it is really two cuts. All succeeding steps should be renumbered accordingly.

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