Approaching Gioco Largo with Sidesword

26 topics, 46 min video

Gioco Largo ("wide play") refers to situations where the opponent's weapon is withdrawn and presents the capacity to strike with a larger movement, often a cut. In this course you'll learn how to approach an opponent who holds their sword back, attack their position, and find safe ways to continue the offense.

We'll use stringere (strategic pressure) to force the opponent away from attacking, and into defending. Then we'll make safe attacks of our own that shut down the opponent's ability to deliver effective attacks. We'll examine how the play shifts between gioco largo and gioco stretto when the two blades bind into each other, with varying amounts of pressure. Finally, when they move to defend, we preempt their defenses and continue our own offensive.

Each topic contains a short video. Retention quizzes, practice notes and discussion are available in the Premium courses.

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Acknowledgement of Safety and Risk

  1. Practice all exercises slowly and with control.
  2. Practice using training swords that are not sharp and are specifically made for practice.
  3. Use protective gear for all exercises. In many of our videos we are not wearing head, throat or body protection in order to make clear explanation more possible. You should always use protective gear when practicing these arts regardless of the exercise.
  4. Be aware that injuries in training are always possible. Ensure that you are practicing with care and caution at all times.
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