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Longsword Focus on Posta Finestra

Lesson 1: Posta Finestra is a position we often come to when we have parried a blow to the head but can also be reached at the end of a cut, and as a transitiong between posta di dona and a more extended position. In this class we look at how to cut with intention and efficient mechanics from both finestra guards while being tested by our partner to ensure we are covering our hands and body's appropriately.

Lesson 2: We look at how movement into Finestra provides defense against various kinds of descending blows both in front (parry) and behind (deflection) the sword.

Lesson 3: Finestra places the sword at the top of the body, making it so that the only openings for the opponent are below the sword. In this class we look at the simplicity of defense from this posta.

Lessons 4 & 5: This week in longsword focus we look at how to defend against the thrust both through exchanging and breaking, and then we review how to use Finestra in various combative contexts.

Lessons 6, 7 & 8: In these classes we will be exploring how to defeat posta Finestra by engaging it and pushing it out of position, striking through it, provoking it to defend and provoking it to attack.


Prerequisite: Longsword Fundamentals I, II, III
Related: Longsword Guards, Part 1, Longsword Guards, Part 2

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