This week at Academie Duello and on Duello.TV we're looking at advanced techniques for the unified defence of rapier and offhand (green cord), the 5th and 6th rapier guards with dagger (blue cord), and employing the dagger within disarms (red cord). We also have some longsword exercises that pertain to some of the exercises students practiced this past weekend at the Longsword: Deceptive Fight workshop.
Green Cord (Level 1)
Blue Cord (Level 2)
This week in Blue Cord we first look at the position of sesta or sixth, where we withdraw the sword and extend the dagger. With the dagger strongly extended we're able to use it to directly stringere the opponent and setup our rapier for a whole new set of openings and opportunities. We then look at Quinta where both the sword and dagger are withdrawn as both an invitation and as a method to lure the opponent into the defence and control of the dagger.
Red Cord (Level 3)
Solo Exercise of the Week
This past weekend Academie Duello hosted a workshop on the deceptive fight of the longsword. At the end of this workshop we looked at a deceptive quality of the high posta di dona where you can conduct a hidden thrust from behind the back. This exercise will help you develop the ability to smoothly expose this thrust.