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Gioco Stretto (the narrow play) describes a scenario where our opponent’s point is an immediate threat and we must move to cover it before and while we continue our attack. A lot of physics and pushing around is involved, and we must remain supple and committed to our defense throughout.
Blade Control: We will examine in detail how we physically control the opponent’s blade. Then we’ll work counter-actions to the opponent’s attempts to recover that control for themselves.
Blade Pressure: This is the heart of Gioco Stretto (the narrow play). When the two blades come into contact, we must sense the resulting intention of the opponent and immediately respond to maintain our offensive advantage. The bind can come about from cutting as well as having the blades already in the centreline space.
Greg has been studying swordfighting since 2006, and is the director of Swordfight Canada, a school in the northern Rocky Mountains of British Columbia.