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Looking at three translations of Manciolino’s First Defense from Alta

This has always been a difficult passage for me. Swanger’s translation takes liberties with the text, while Leoni’s doesn’t make much sense to me. Transcription by Steven Reich Accia il nemico qual colpo gli piace per offender te, che sei … Continue reading

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Taking a Long Hard Look at Guardia Alta or Yes, I Know My Feet Are Crossed

Based on my new understanding on how to read footwork, I’ve come to the realization that we’ve been doing Guardia di Sopra il Bracco wrong. But to understand why, we must first take a long, hard look at Guardia Alta. … Continue reading

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Antonio Manciolino – Chapter 3, the First Invitation

A lot of new concepts are presented in Manciolino’s third chapter. For example, here is an invitation to be used when both you and your opponent are in Guardia Alta. Moreover, you could have cut a tramazzone falling into porta … Continue reading

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Antonio Manciolino – Chapter 3, Turning a Fendente Mandritto into a Rivserso

The first technique for facing another fencer in Alta is easy enough, just a couple of diagonal, descending cuts followed by a rising cut. Accordingly, posing the case that you and your enemy are in guardia alta, and that you … Continue reading

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Antonio Manciolino – Chapter 3, Alta Part 2

The next technique is a defense against cuts to the head. And if the enemy throws to your head, meet his sword hand with a falso crossed over your arm. Or you can make a show of raising a montante, … Continue reading

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Antonio Manciolino – Chapter 3, Alta Part 1

The first device from Alta is a simple attack to the hand. It relies on the fencer taking and maintaining the initiative (German vor) throughout the play. Accordingly, posing the case that you and your enemy are in guardia alta, … Continue reading

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Guardia Alta, Definitely Underrated

Guardia Alta is definitely underrated when it comes to sword and buckler. You can attack the head using any line you want, even straight up through the chin. If you want to attack the legs, simply attack the head first … Continue reading

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Class Notes: Guardia Alta Drills

We had time after our Bolognese terminology class so we started working on Manciolino Unit 1 with the sword and buckler. I was acting teacher for this session. (I would say I was the fechtmeister, but that’s a silly claim … Continue reading

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Manciolino’s Sword and Buckler: Guardia Alta

There isn’t much to say about Guardia Alta. The stance can be narrow or wide, with either foot forward, just so long as the sword is held high and the buckler pushed out as far as it can go while … Continue reading

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A Mirror has Two Sides, So Does a Buckler

Consider this passage from Manciolino: Beginning, therefore, the second assault at its first part, which is going to the play, I say that similarly you will settle yourself in one corner of the room as you did in your previous … Continue reading

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