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.