Cutting Down from the Right, Up from the Left

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Cutting with the Longsword

One of the primary modes of attack with the longsword is the cut. There are six primary directions of cut:

  • Downward from the right, called Mandritto Fendente.
  • Downward from the left, called Roverso Fendente.
  • Upward from the right, called Mandritto Sottano.
  • Upward from the left, called Roverso Sottano.
  • Horizontally from the right, called Mandritto Tondo.
  • Horizontally from the left, called Roverso Tondo.

The word “mandritto” means “from the right”, you can also think of it as a “forehand” blow. The word “roverso” means “from the left”, you can also think of it as a “backhand” blow. If you were left handed then a mandritto would come from your left and a roverso from your right.

In this lesson you learn how to cut down from your right shoulder and then return with a rising cut from your left. You can use the same technique to also cut down from your left and back up from your right.

2 thoughts on “Cutting Down from the Right, Up from the Left

    • hi Gareth. That’s a great question, and one that comes up a lot. Use “mandritto” as your forehand. If you’re right-handed, your forehand comes from the right. If you’re left-handed, your forehand comes from the left. As you guessed, the names are the same, just reversed (mirrored).

      In the full Longsword Fundamentals course you’ll go through cutting from all angles and go through the extra vocabulary for those cuts there.

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