Welcome to Duello.TV’s videos for the week of May 27th! This week ‘practice’ has been on my mind. Capo Ferro says that swordplay is made up of Nature, Reason, Art, and Practice. Practice being the disciplining of the body to enact the principles of art, that have been identified through reason, and governed by the natural principles of physics. Simply if you’re going to get good at sword fighting, practice is the primary pillar we stand on that connects us to all the others.
The mezzano is our final cut in our month on precision cutting. In these two lessons we look first at how to make a mezzano with intention and cover, then at the various ways that a mezzano can be used in combat.
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 and mezzo tempo.it.
Blue Cord (Level 2)
In this week’s lessons we look at how to counter the refused position by first exploiting the withdrawn distance of the opponent’s sword, then by drawing the refused fighter into parrying with their offhand and then deceiving it.
Red Cord (Level 3)