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Bolognese Sword and Buckler – What does Guardia di Testa Look Like?

What does Guardia di Testa look like with the sword and buckler? This posture is not illustrated and the written descriptions are open to interpretation. Antonio Manciolino The second is called “guardia di testa” which is made with equal and … Continue reading

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Definition: Montante

As it last stood, there is a debate as to whether the montante is just a rising falso that goes into alta or a true edge cut that ascends along the line of a rising falso. I’ve done some more … Continue reading

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What is a Tramazzone and a Molinello?

In the broadest sense of the word, these are wheeling cuts. Some have taught me that tramazzone are wheeling cuts from the inside, molinello from the outside. Others say that all wheeling cuts are molinello and the tramazzone is specifically … Continue reading

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Manciolino’s Sword and Large Buckler: Coda Lunga e Alta 3

The third play is similar to the first. Like the first play, you’ll pass to his left with your right foot, your left foot immediately following behind. At the same time you’ll thrust into his side. Covering For your defense, … Continue reading

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Manciolino’s Sword and Large Buckler: Coda Lunga e Alta 2

The second technique that follows inviting a thrust begins with jamming your false edge under the opponent’s sword while taking a step to the opponent’s left with your left foot. I have interpreted this as a Kron-like parry. Cutting the … Continue reading

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Manciolino’s Sword and Large Buckler: Coda Lunga e Alta 1

Manciolino’s sword and large buckler section starts in book 4, chapter 1. It opens with an invitation from Coda Lunga e Alta. Keeping the left foot forward, you press your opponent to react by either backing away or by attacking. … Continue reading

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Manciolino’s Sword and Buckler – First Attack from Porta di Ferro Stretta

The first attack for Porta di Ferro Stretta is simply, “you can turn a tramazzone”. At first glance this seems kinda silly. Why bother telling someone to make a single, basic attack against someone waiting in guard? No combinations, no … Continue reading

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Manciolino’s Sword and Buckler – Second Attack from Porta di Ferro Stretta

The second attack from Porta di Ferro Stretta seems pretty simple at first glance, but hides some pretty important concepts. step forward with your left foot extending a thrust2 to the face, and then pass forward with your right foot, … Continue reading

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Manciolino’s Sword and Buckler – Measure and the First Attack in Guardia Alta

The first attack in Guardia Alta begins as follows, Accordingly, posing the case that you and your enemy are in guardia alta, and that you are the attacker, you can throw a mandritto at his sword hand which will go … Continue reading

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Need more translations

I’m comparing the Swanger and Leoni translations of Manciolino and wow. They are really different. Some of the Swanger stuff that didn’t make sense is suddenly becoming clear in Leoni. But other passages by Leoni seem silly compared to Swanger. … Continue reading

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