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Provocations and Matching Postures

To set the stage, let’s first define what a provocation is in the context of Bolognese fencing. Ideally, a skillful fencer will attack before his opponent settles into a guard. The theory is that he will be less able to … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Take on Breaking vom Tag with the Zwerch

In the Liechtenauer glosses we often see this passage, The second is the Zwerch [thwart-cut], which breaks the guard vom Tag [from-the-roof]. This is one of the “vier versetzen” or “four displacements”. While the word displacement may mean parry, in … 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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Giovanni dall’Agocchie – Fourth Provocation from Coda Lunga Stretta

The fourth provocation requires some pretty fancy blade work. This can be done with an arming sword, but is much, much easier with an actual sides sword. The difference being that a side sword, like a rapier, has finger rings … Continue reading

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Giovanni dall’Agocchie – Third Provocation from Coda Lunga Stretta

At first glance this appears to be a beat like the first two provocations, You can also give a mezzo mandritto to the enemy’s sword, promptly stepping forward with your right foot and thrusting a punta riversa into his chest, … Continue reading

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Giovanni dall’Agocchie – First Provocation

There is no safe way to directly attack someone who has settled into a guard. No matter what line you choose, there is a simple and effective counter available. So you need to wait for your opponent to adjust feet, … Continue reading

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