A quick synopsis:
We reviewed my nomenclature for the 5 different types of defence: parry, beat, deflection, collection (point up and point on) and counter cut, as well as the importance of “stacking” defences by incorporating movement/evasion. Beginners then practised posta frontale parries, while intermediate and advanced students were asked to employ the 5 types of defence adversarially in more dynamic drills, rather than set plays.
We then went over the second part of the poste drill, which I’ll post here for posterity.
After the first three poste – Tutta Porta di Ferro, Posta di Donna destra, and Posta di finestra destra, we continue the sequence with the next three poste in the progression: Posta di Donna la sinestra (PdDs), Posta longa (PL) and Porta di Ferro mezana (PdFM).
From the endpoint of the last sequence, which saw us with our hands low having exchanged the thrust (scambiar di punta), right foot forward, we’ll pivot to a back-weighted stance, retrieving the sword to our left shoulder.
From here, cut fendente roverso with a pass, ending in posta longa (left foot forward). Be mindful about keeping the elbows slight bent, and tucked in. Extend into a thrust, then pass forward (right foot), performing a cavazione as you do so.
From posta longa, right foot forward, pass back to porta di ferro mezana, and pivot right, so your lead leg is now the right leg (as in the MS). Shift your weight back onto your rear leg, performing a rising falso sottani towards the left. At the top of this “ribbon”, shift the weight again forward with a slight acressere, returning with a fendente mandritto to porta di ferro mezana.
The next part of this series will include the next three poste – posta breve, dente di cinghiale and posta di coda longa.