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I meant to write about this some time ago and instead of waiting for the time to write up a series of posts with full explanations which will, in all likelihood, never come; I am putting up my notes and leaving it at that.

Day 2

We did more of the breadth of fiore’s system we worked on footwork and some of the abrazare. The weekend wasn’t really about Guy’s interpretation so much as his process of interpretion from a biomechanical standpoint.


  • beginners look at the crossing of the sword to know what to do. Advanced players look at the set up – like experienced drivers predict the colour of the traffic lights before they reach them
  • Thrusts should always be directed toward the hands

Basic cutting drill ( a place to hang known techniques) – posta di donna mandritto fendente dente di cingara riverso sottani posta di donna mandritto fendente posta longa *posta di donna sinestra // repeat on the left.

Stance drill: pick a guard and stand in it for as long as possible – whatever hurts that isn’t the loaded leg needs adjustment.

acressare – advance
decressare – retreat
tornare – pass back
passare – pass forward

volta stabile – turn 135º with fixed feet
tutta volta – turn 180º with a fixed foot
mezza volta – with a pass you can play on the other side

for di strada – away from the centreline – FDS
alla di strada – along the centreline – ADS
traversa di strada – across the centreline – TDS

Day 3 – sydney

Warmup: twists, twists and arm raises, ROM stretches, shoulder rotations, scoops, pushups, cigar, sit groin stretch

1st dagger (I use p. for patient and a. :
p. LF forward
a. mandritto RF forward
p. step inside, twist with LH & forearm, disarm and strike

1st master dagger:
p.lf forward
p. step outside catch forearm with both hands, rh push blade disarm and strike.

Drill variations and degrees of freedom:
1. who attacks ( most techniques can be used offensively and defensively)
2. type of attack ( feint, full intent, cut, thrust)
3. target
4. level of complexity (remedy, counter remedy, counter counter remedy)
5. No of decision points

Basic concepts:
Fiore’s system is ordering natural responses – the most basic defense is to beat attacks away with a strong riverso fendente.

Sword in one hand basic drill:
p. rearweighted TPDF (tutta porta di ferro)
a. mandritto fendente
p. volta stabile & acressare for di strada beating a.’s sword with a riverso ascendante
If a.’s sword off line, p. mandritto fendente
If a.’s sword online & inside p. reach through and lock a.’s arms and thrust.

Sword in one hand basic drill variation:
p. rearweighted TPDF
a. thrust
p. volta stabile & acressare for di strada beating a.’s sword with a riverso fendente down to the ground

Lines of attack:

  • teach zero ie ADS
  • use FDS and TDS
  • countercut against TDS
  • using other angles than zero puts o. into obedience because one response is better than the other.

Day 4 – last day in Sydney

The day was spent putting it all together.

Five basic drills for sword in two hands:

  1. exchange of thruse – thrust into thrust – when comes from opposite side
  2. breaking the thrust – beat thrust down – when comes from same side
  3. First drill – true edge parry to inside – when in right side guard
  4. Second drill – falso parry to outside – from left side guard
  5. four crossings drill – what is the crossing of the sword – swords in contact

Explanation of these can be found here.


Awesome series of classes elucidating a comprehensive system with clear principles  for responding to most situations – I am sure there are more situations covered in the system that we didn’t have time to cover.

I liked his teaching on Fiore so much that I arranged for a private lesson with him on Capoferro, which I will post about later.

Guy also wrote about the workshops on his blog.