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I'd left Marozzo alone for a bit, as the easy almost rote bit of deconstructing the assaults is done.

Now I have to make sense of what I have....

But I was at Fencing Fest on the weekend and while my fencing ability has jumped off a cliff and is in free fall judging by the few bouts I had (as my left elbow has decided to blow now the right one's fixed) I got enthused about longsword again.

I've arranged to visit Canberra once a month for some focused fencing as I need to work with people who are at my level or better and who I haven't been fencing once a week for years... and they've agreed to do some focused critique and drilling so with luck my skill level will get back to something approaching normal.

Next job is to make sure I have the different wards down as gut level knowledge. THat I don't have to think about where feet and hands are when Marozzo says "Cingharia Porta di Ferro Alta" but know it's hands nipple/shoulder high (Alta), blade forward and straight (Porta Di Ferro), left foot forward (Cinghiara). He's not as consistent as he might be - normally the right foot is the forward foot unless the guard name is modified with Cingharia, but of the 4 Coda Lunga guards 2 have left foot forward and 2 right foot, and no modifier to tell which is which.

(That may just mean it doesn't matter, but I think it does given that footwork is different depending on which is forward. It may be that you have left foot forward in Coda Lunga Distesa because otherwise you would put your back out so there's no need to mention it, but what's Coda Lunga Alta's excuse?)

Once I have the ones I know, then I can work on the oddnesses. Like just how angled is Intrare? And is there a difference in blade angle between Intrare and Intrare Gran Passo, or is it just the feet?

Once I have the wards sorted then I need to work on finding the commonalities. What's the usual response with feet and hands to different attacks, and why.

I figure I'll try and tease out a few things this week, then next Tuesday grab my fencing partner and have a play and bounce ideas off him. He's a Marozzo sword and buckler expert so it's likely he'll have parallels. After all if you can believe the Germans longsword and sword and buckler are sisters under the skin.

The more work I do with these 16thC Italians, the more in awe I am. This is a consistent coherent system. It's not just a bunch of tricks, it's a full martial art with a lot of attention paid to biomechanics and to the niceties of timing. The difference between counter attack in time and attack into preparation for example. If you have it explained it's obvious, if you don't then it's a very hard concept to come up with unaided.
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