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(September 14th, 2011 by Ludwig von Rege...)

Rapier, rapier and dagger, rapier and buckler, dagger, dagger and buckler.  Smiles and bruises all round.

(August 31st, 2011 by Ludwig von Rege...)

Giocco Stretto (close-in fighting) from Manciolino.

(August 24th, 2011 by Ludwig von Rege...)

Continuing with Manciolino's first Assalto, and starting his plays from Gioco Stretto.

In the Assalto, we added the approach (the first bit):

(August 17th, 2011 by Ludwig von Rege...)

Continued to practice Manciolino's first assalto. 

I've started to dig into the meaning of some of the technical vocabulary on my website (

(August 10th, 2011 by Ludwig von Rege...)

Continued with Manciolino's first Assalto.  Managed to sandwich the first part of the exchange between two embellishments.

(August 3rd, 2011 by Ludwig von Rege...)

Manciolino's First Assalto: The first engagement section.

Starting in Guardia Alta with feet together (right foot forwards)

(July 13th, 2011 by Ludwig von Rege...)

Class Outline: A start on Manciolino's first Assalto, then opportunities for sparring.

Great to have Lisa visiting from Adelaide.

Manciolino guards review

High guards: Guardia Alta, Guardia di Testa, Guardia Faccia, Guardia di Sopra il Braccio, Guardia di Sotto il Braccio

The high guards are performed with either foot forward, with narrow or wide stance.  Alta sometimes occurs with the feet together.

(June 29th, 2011 by Ludwig von Rege...)

Class plan: Continued introduction to Manciolino

Warmup: Footwork exercises (17th C Italian)

Introductory Exercise: Sample transitions

Start in Guardia Alta with right foot forward.  Mandritto (with pass) into Sopra il Braccio, Riverso (with pass) into Porta di Ferro Stretta, Montante into Guardia Alta with left foot forward.  Continue with alternate foot variations.

Defences from Guardia Alta:

Fendente and Montante

Pass back with Montante-like thrust into Guardia di Faccia

(June 15th, 2011 by Ludwig von Rege...)

Class: A few manoeuvers from Meyer

Warm-up:  Footwork, Meyer's 1st cutting drill for Dussack

Cutting drill: Start with left foot forward, in Oberhut.  Cut with pass into Langort, lift hilt into Ochs with gathering step and cut again, and again.  Thus three cuts, stepping with each, the first delivered with a passing step.  Then cut stepping backwards, landing the cut with the back (left) foot.

I was inspired to practice cutting while stepping back on the left foot by a recent Manciolino class.

(June 8th, 2011 by Ludwig von Rege...)

Class: Basic Meyer Rapier

Warm up: Footwork and cutting drills

Cutting drill 1: Oberhau B-F followed by Oberhau H-D, each following smoothly from the other with appropriate stepping.

Cutting drill 2: Oberhau B-F then Unterhau F-B (ending in Ochs on right), transition to Oberhut on left by thrusting, dropping the tip and letting it fall down to the left side and up for the stroke, Oberhau H-D, Unterhau D-H etc.  Smoothly join cuts together with appropriate stepping.


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