Category Archives: Giovanni dall’Agocchie

Commentary on dall’Agocchie’s footwork

Start: Suppose you have your sword at your left side, in the act of laying hand upon it, and the heel of your right foot near your left one. Both your knees will be straight and not bowed, arranging yourself … Continue reading

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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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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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