Interpreting Fiore – Where are the Feet?

Here we see the master stepping narrow. He lifts up his back heal to better absorb the shock.

His opponent has stepped wide to the right. See how both are turned slightly towards his left, especially the lead foot. This probably indicates a compass step.


To complete the play, the master steps wide to the left. His left is ever so slightly outside the opponent’s right.

Has the opponent rotated his lead foot? Maybe, but it is more likely that the camera angle has changed.


Take a look at the faces. We see the addition of the beard to indicate the winding is a more difficult action than the parry.

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