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Below are the notes for the Sword & Buckler class I taught this week at the School.

Warmup

– running in circles
– ROM stretching
– Footwork with lunge walking (fitness style)

Footwork practice

 – 3 angle passing
– advance, pass
– gather, increase FF, gather, increase RF
– pass & recover
– pass & traverse, recover, pass

Cuts

Cutting drill
 – GA pass MF
– PdFL pass FM
– GA pass MF
– SotB pass RF
– CLD pass FD
– SopB pass RF
– repeat

Mezzo Cuts
 – PdFS pass mRF
– CLA pass mMF
– repeat

Trammazzone
Taught statically with and without buckler.

Revision

GdT parry RFF
 – A. GA, P. PdFS
– A. pass MF or F
– P. parry GdT, riposte MF
– P. two passes back
– repeat

GdT parry LFF
 – A. GA, P. CLA
– A. pass MF or F
– P. pass parry GdT, ripsoste MF
– P. two passes back
– repeat

New Material

Provoke w’ thrust
A. PdFS, P. PdFS
1. A. pass and thrust GdF to outside
2. P. parry true edge, thrust imbroccata
3. A. as P. parries traverse trammazzone, recover trammazzone

GdF defeats Trammazzone
A. PdFS, P. PdFS
1. A. pass trammazzone to outside
2. P. parry false edge into GdF, M to head

GdF walking drill
A. GA, P. any stretta guard
A. pass MF
P. pass back parry GdF, advance thrust
P. pass back

Review

After teaching the cutting drill for the last few weeks, there are a few things I would change, Coda Lunga Distesa isn’t a guard used by Manciolino much, so I will replace it with Guardia Alta.

The foot work for the GdF walking drill isn’t quite right either, it might be better to drop the initial pass back into GdF and simply extend in GdF as a thrust instead.

Revised cutting drill
 – GA pass MF
– PdFL pass FM
– GA pass MF
– SotB pass RF
– GA pass FD
– SopB pass RF to GA
– repeat

Revised GdF walking drill
A. GA, P. any stretta guard
A. pass MF
P. parry GdF,  thrust
P. pass back, stretta guard

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