Spada a una mano class 19/01/11

Class breakdown for the sword in one hand.
  • Poste drill.  Reminder of the tactical uses of the poste : left hand guards are defensive, right side guards offensive.
  • Exposé on attacking and cuts in general: cuts with the 1H sword are even more tied to the guards – cut and flow from guard to guard, arm well extended.  Positioning plays a large role when attacking, keeping behind the sword and either seeking to draw out the opponent’s defense or seek a bind from which to work.
  • Cutting angles and flow drill – cutting all six cuts and the thrust from posta di coda longa: From CL, rise over the head into PdD, cut mandritto, circle up to PdDS, cut down roverso, from PdFm, cut up sottano with the dritto filo , circle around to CL and cut sottano to posta di finestra, cut mezano dritto, reverse blade and cut mezano roverso, end with a punta and return to CL.
  • Review of universal parry, exercise with and without step.  Remember to keep hand close to chest, control hand or elbow when stepping in.
  • Drill versus fendente roversi using the universal parry.
  • Drilled the universal parry from all the left-side poste.
  • Drill for the one-time parry versus a roverso, cutting fendente roverso into the cut, targeting the advance trarget (hand)
  • Added into the drill attacking the advance target – cutting off the hand from the universal parry versus mandritti and roversi cuts.
  • Universal parry versus the thrust
  • Exposé on how I will use the una mano section to bridge the gap to giocco stretto and get students comfortable with closing; how the sections are related.
  • Demonstrated the universal parry versus all types of cuts: sottani, mezani, fendente.  Will pick up here next week and develop this further.
Before lighting off into the formal set plays, I want to lay the foundation for a one-hand system, beginning with all the major parries, plays of the two-hand sword that can be carried over, etc.  Then go with the formal plays.  This should get students up and running and reasonably competent in a relatively short time, while permitting further development down the line.  In short, I’m somewhat extraploating a one-hand system from the little information that is available in the manuscript – remember, I think this section is in addition to what we already know about the longsword.