Fundamentals Class (Apprentice) 02/02/11

Tonight we went through the rest of the volte of the sword as a continuation of last week’s work.  We began by reviewing last week’s volta stabile briefly, then moved into more familiar territory: the mezza volta and the tutta volta.

At the risk of repeating myself, the volte successively out-time one another, with the volta stabile being the fastest, the mezza volta the next fastest, and so forth.  This means that the counter to one of the volteis often the faster volta.

For an example of this, take a look at the play of the punta curta.  The Player attacks with a mezani, provoking a defence by the Companion.  In response, the Player performs a tutta volta around the sword to attack from the other side.  The counter in the next play is an application of the mezza volta, which out-times the Player.

Drill 1:
Begin from the bind.
One Player provides sideways pressure, moving the point offline.
The Scholar changes the orientation of his hand, cutting a roverso behind the Player’s sword.  Yes, this is very duplieren-like.

Drill 2:
Same as above, but begin out of measure, cutting to the bind.

Tutta volta
This is a cut all the way around the Companion’s blade in response to pressure.  The colpi di villano is a prime example of this volta.

Drill 1:
Begin in the bind
In response to downwards pressure, break your wrist to the right and yield to the pressure.
Moulinet the sword quickly around and cut to the other side.

Drill 2:
As above, but cut to the bind from out of measure.

Coming next week: tactical decision making using the volte in response to pressure (sentimento di ferro) and countering the volte by out-timing them.

Oh, and Rachel’s new uniforms rock.  🙂