Swordplay Videos this week: Counter-attacking, Second Assalto, Longsword Wrestling

Welcome to this week in training at Academie Duello. In our training at the studio we are looking at counter-attacking as a method of defence (Green Cord), the second assault of sidesword (Blue Cord), and how to enter into grapples with the longsword when you’ve lost the crossing (Red Cord).


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Green Cord (Level 1)



This week level 1 students are examining the use of the rapier guards as a response to attack. These positions protect the head through cover behind the guard and the lower body through position. Students then examine how to use these positions to not only defend but strike simultaneously in contra-tempo.

Receiving 7: Contra Tempo Receiving 8: Contra Tempo & Mezzo Tempo

Blue Cord (Level 2)



This week we are looking at the first 3 parts of Marozzo’s Second Assault. This assault focuses on opening an opponent by forcing them to rapidly defend on both sides of their body as well as high and low. This type of movement draws the opponent into chasing with their sword or buckler and thus opening up the outside lines or the centreline.


Sidesword Guards: Second Assault Part 1Sidesword Guards: Second Assault Part 2Sidesword Guards: Second Assault Part 3

Red Cord (Level 3)



Last week we looked at how we could use a winning position in giocco stretto to enter into wrestle. In this week’s classes we look at how we can use the same position but from the losing side to enter into the same wrestles following an adaptive strategy.


Solo Exercise of the Week



In this week’s fundamental exercise we are working on making the mezzani blows with the longsword when the sword begins on the centreline. This is an interesting exercise for throwing a very deceptive blow that requires finesse and precision.

Longsword Mezzani Blows from the Centreline


devonboorman Devon Boorman is the Co-Founder and Director of Academie Duello Centre for Swordplay, which has been active in Vancouver, Canada since 2004. Devon’s expertise centres on the Italian swordplay tradition including the arts of the Renaissance Italian rapier, sidesword, and longsword, as well as knife and unarmed techniques.
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