Forms & Guards of Longsword (LSW-100)

16 topics, 39 min video
Sample: 4.3 Against the Roverso Fendente

The core of Italian Swordplay is its postures. Every ancient fight manual begins by describing how to stand and move. This series of videos explores four core postures and their basic actions of attack and defense.

Posta Longa & Breve: the sword in front of the body, pointed forward. If you only learn one guard, learn this one. It will threaten the opponent while keeping you in behind your sword where you can be safe. This is the position the sword comes to when cutting and thrusting to the centre.

Posta di Donna: the sword high on the shoulder or overhead. From here we are able to deliver very powerful downward blows. This position is remarkably versatile, with thrusts and cuts coming from every direction.

Porta di Ferro: the sword low on the right hip. Like a gate or door, the sword rises and falls to make its actions.

Dente al Cinghiara: the sword low on the left hip. With the tip held forward, this guard make a very fast and powerful rising thrust.

Twelve Poste Progression: the 1410 Fiore manual describes twelve positions with the sword in two hands. At Academie Duello we have mixed these twelve postures with a bit of footwork to make a cycle of form and movement.

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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.
  5. DuelloTV is not responsible for any injuries that occur as a result of sword practice inspired from our videos.