Tonight we worked the low guards as defences, using the duo of dente di cinghiale and porta di ferro to complement one another, since they are at least tactically, the mirror of one another. I’m writing from memory here, so forgive me if I muddle some of the details.
The first three drills from dente di cinghiale went as follows, all three against fendente mandritto:
- Without stepping, set aside the attack from below and cut to the Companion’s hand.
- Taking a slight acressere with the right foot, parry the blow from below and directly attack the head with a mandritto.
- First stepping fora di strada, parry the blow, then pass with the left foot, control the Companion’s hand, and move into posta di finestra for the thrust.
- Against a mandritto, step fora di strada, parrying from below and sideways in a “windshield wiper”-like motion. Attack the hand.
- Against a roverso, parry from below from the inside using the same mechanic, attack the head.
- Against a roverso, parry below from the outside, passing to the right. Attack the arm or close and press the hand.
- Against a mandritto, cut up into posta frontale, deflecting the blow. Drop the sword to the hands then thrust to the chest or cut sottani to the face.