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Rethinking Manciolino’s First Assault, Part 1

My study group has gotten to the point where we are ready to start looking at Manciolino’s first assault. Having gone through the provocations I think I’ve got a better handle on what is intended by this drill. Start: Firstly, … Continue reading

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Applying the Assaults

Practicing and memorizing assaults are an essential part of learning the Bolognese tradition of fencing. But rote memorization can be tedious and easily forgotten. (I say this as someone who has forgotten both his Marozzo and Manciolino assaults.) So lets … Continue reading

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Marozzo’s Sword and Buckler – Assault 1 Part 4a, Annotated

I am skipping the footwork diagrams for this section. The exact footwork you are going to be using really depends on what you opponent is doing. Instead of thinking in terms of exact footwork, just think forward, backwards, to his … Continue reading

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Diogo Gomes de Figueyredo’s Montante – Demonstrated by ModernSwordsman

These videos are an interpretation of Diogo Gomes de Figueyredo’s Memorial Of the Practice of the Montante. If you open the video on YouTube you can see the text of the lesson the presenter is working through.  Purpleheart Armory sells … Continue reading

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Marozzo Assault 1 Part 1b – Reference Video

This reference video covers steps 9 thru 11 of part 1 of Marozzo’s first assault. Corrections On the third pass, and to some extent all of them, the head guard that follows the wide step to the right is mal-formed.

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Marozzo Assault 1 Part 1a – Reference Video

This reference video covers steps 1 thru 8 of part 1 of Marozzo’s first assault. By “reference video” I mean a video that referred to during a discussion about the text. By no means should be considered to be accurate … Continue reading

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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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