Rapier, rapier and dagger, rapier and buckler, dagger, dagger and buckler. Smiles and bruises all round.
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Giocco Stretto (close-in fighting) from Manciolino.
Continuing with Manciolino's first Assalto, and starting his plays from Gioco Stretto.
In the Assalto, we added the approach (the first bit):
Continued to practice Manciolino's first assalto.
I've started to dig into the meaning of some of the technical vocabulary on my website (https://sites.google.com/site/nososeet/home/fencing/philology).
Continued with Manciolino's first Assalto. Managed to sandwich the first part of the exchange between two embellishments.
Manciolino's First Assalto: The first engagement section.
Starting in Guardia Alta with feet together (right foot forwards)
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.
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
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.
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.