Lessons 3 & 4: The cut can be a powerful tool for gaining control of an opponent's weapon. The half cut can be used to beat the sword aside and leave the opponent open to a thrust, the full cut can be used to clear the weapon completely and allow you to pass in past its deadly point and deliver a deadly cut to the opponent. This week we explore both possibilities.
Lessons 5 & 6: This week we are using the cut as a means to escape from positions where the opponent has found or gained your sword. We will explore half cuts, full cuts, and a type of sword displacing action called a 'beat'.
Lessons 7 & 8: In the next two classes we are looking at how to counter the oncoming cut of an opponent in three ways: 1. As the cut is prepared (in mezzo tempo), 2. As the cut falls (contra-tempo), and 3. After the cut passes and the opponent attempts to bring their weapon back on-line (dui-tempi).