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Our assaults are based on texts by the Bolognese master Marozzo, and are also informed by the other masters contemporary to his time.
Assaults (Italian, assalti) are complex sequences of attack and defense that teach students to flow smoothly from one guard to the next, making cuts and thrusts in between. They also teach basic footwork combinations which can then be adapted and expanded for real-world combat.
We start our course with a refresher of cutting mechanics and relevant footwork needed for a smooth execution of the assaults.
For futher study and skill progression, the skeleton of the solo form can then be applied to partner drilling. The solo form is “one side” of the fight—like one side of a conversation—and the student is encouraged to imagine what actions their partner could make to prompt the responses performed in the assaults.