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Last night at training – more class notes and reminders than an actual post.


  • shoulders, elbows, wrists
  • torso rotation
  • parkour kicks, ankle rotations


  • simple pass
  • pass for di strada, & recover
  • pass, traverse, & recover

Cutting patterns  – with simple footwork

Manciolino chap III play 2 – taught as initial attack, play, cover to the play:

  • A & P wide  measure in GA LFF
  • A cuts Mandritto or Riverso fendente to the head – initial attack
  • P cuts falso to Sotto il Braccio with a pass beating the sword away and strikes mandritto to the head or body ( I teach this as a mezzo mandritto rolling into a falso) – play
  • A covers with a recovery step facing the weapon, could be a presa or a falso or molinello – cover to the play

We played with a few different counters to this play and, other than using the the recovery step to get somewhat out of measure and face the threat, we didn’t find anything that I particularly liked. Even the recovery step isn’t always the answer; A could feint mandritto fendente and traverse with a riverso.

Pair drill (inspiration Ikka Hartikanen):

  • A & P in a stretta guard
  • A passes or steps with a thrust to the uncovered side – level 1
  • P parries with a mezza volta of the hand
  • A traverses with a molinello or trammazone – level 2
  • P parries with a mezza volta of the hand and ripostes with an imbroccata – level 3a
  • P parries with falso to Sopra il Braccio or goes into Guardia di Faccia ( I didn’t get to teach this one) – level 3b

Things to try in future

  • slow work emphasizing flow, which works much better for cutting systems than it would for capoferro
  • more drills from Ikka’s blog
  • doing the initial attack and play from Manciolino and then asking the students to experiment with counters where Manciolino is silent