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The Montante from Guardia di Testa in the Bind

In the assaulti of both Manciolino and Marozzo, we are often told to assume Guardia di Testa for a variety of reasons. From there, there are many occasions where we are asked to strike the dome of the buckler with … Continue reading

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Manciolino’s Sword and Buckler – Guardia di Testa Third Provocation (including advice for left-handers)

Provocation Or pretend to attack with a mandritto, but throw a riverso. Counter If, however, he throws a mandritto, you will go with your sword into guardia di faccia. And when he turns a riverso at you, either high or … Continue reading

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Manciolino’s Sword and Buckler – Guardia di Testa First Provocation

The provocation throw a mandritto to his face, or flanks, or if you wish, to his leg. The response against the mandritto to the flank, leg, or face, you can withdraw your right foot behind your left into large pace, … Continue reading

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Antonio Manciolino – Third Offense against Guardia di Testa

This next action really should have followed the first offense. Or pretend to attack with a mandritto, but throw a riverso. Ideally you abort the mandritto just before the blades clash. If they touch, and then you leave, your opponent … Continue reading

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Antonio Manciolino – Second Offense against Guardia di Testa

Or extend a thrust to his face and throw a tramazzone. The second offense against Guardia di Testa is a true provocation. The thrust causes him to raise his sword, exposing his arm to the tramazzone that follows. Note that … Continue reading

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Antonio Manciolino – First Offense against Guardia di Testa

Finding both yourself and your opponent in Guardia di Testa, a natural attack is a mandritto against the face, flank, or leg. Manciolino writes, throw a mandritto to his face, or flanks, or if you wish, to his leg. This … 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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Manciolino’s Sword and Buckler: Is Guardia di Testa the same as I.33’s Halpschilt?

Consider this description from Manciolino, The second is called “guardia di testa” which is made with equal and even extension of both arms toward the enemy in this fashion: that when you will have extended your fists, they will be … Continue reading

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