This page is a work in progress, but I’ve decided to publish it early. The intent is to show – for each play – the text, my interpretation of the main features and then application within a tournaments or sparring setting where possible (with some commentary on the variations).
As background to this page, it’s worth reading my blog posts on the nature of the plays:
This section is a work in progress. Each play will eventually have the original text and image, a description of how I interpret it, a slow video describing the main principles and a series of gifs of the play executed in sparring or tournaments (where possible). For now only the gifs and the original text are ready, but I am releasing this early and will build it as information becomes available.
All text is taken from Guy Windsor’s latest translation, published in “The Art of Swordfighting in Earnest”.
I have made a roverso fendente on the left foot,
Without changing the foot, turning the hips,
I will strike a dritto without further movement.
By this grip of your arm that I have made,
I will hit you with a cut or pommel strike.
This is one of several plays
By this turn that I quickly make to my sword
I will not pause before I hit you with it.
I have bound you from the roverso side,
You’ll be thrown to the ground by a blow of the sword.
In this way I hold you with my left hand,
Cuts and thrusts will not be lacking.
By this turn that I have given to my sword
I think I will have cut the halfway through your throat.
You will go to the ground with this technique
Because you have completely failed in your play.
I do not wish to make war with my sword,
But with yours I’ll throw you to the ground.
I have turned you inevitably and without difficulty,
With my skill I will break your arm.
With skill I have placed you in this position,
I’ll make you go to the ground at the first go.
In this way I’ll put you in the lock
And I will break your arm while saying a Hail Mary.
By this turn of the pommel I have bound you,
Immediately if I want to I’ll throw you to the ground.
By this turn of the blade that you have done,
I will break your arm at the first go.
By the turn given to my quick sword,
I’ll strike your arms or your head.
If I put my hilt to your sword
I’ll make it fall, this time.
This is a grip that I do from below,
I will make it fall at the first go.
You believed I would strike with a roverso blow,
[But] With my elbow I push your sword across.
By the turn that my handle has given,
I make you fall to the ground flat on your back.
This is a disarm that is above,
And if I want to I’ll lay you flat.
I made a feint of striking a fendente,
I will cut your jaw and teeth together.
From the roverso strike that I have done,
I’ll hit you with my pommel, and look good doing it.
This is a grip that I do on the inside,
You’re going to the ground as I feel.
I have hit you with my sword in the head,
Yours I’ll quickly take with my cunning.
I beat your sword aside at the middle of the blade,
You’ll get a good dose from my pommel.
Turning a roverso you parried badly,
At the middle of the blade you entered the bind.