- Beginning with the sword at your left side, throw either a falso manco or riverso tondo followed by a riverso sgualimbro, stepping to your right side with the right foot. End in Coda Lunga e Stretta.
- Throw a falso dritto followed by a mandritto sgualimbro, stepping to your left side with the left foot. End in Cinghiale Porta di Ferro.
- Everything else is the same from here on out.
It was good to stumble a bit, because it helps me to tighten up the system even further, simplifying it. We spent a lot of time during Wednesday's session just moving our feet, not even bothering with the sword. From what we've seen so far, and from what has come out of our free play, knowing how to change direction quickly is of the utmost importance. Two of the ways we have experimented with are the following:
- Throw a mandritto sgualimbro with an increase of the right foot, transition to Guardia di Faccia while stepping behind your right side with the left foot, and then throw a riverso ridoppio while stepping to your left with the right foot, followed by a riverso sgualimbro, stepping to your left with the left foot. To reverse, throw a ridoppio from here without committing the right foot yet, and then throw a mandritto sgualimbro.
- Throw a mandritto sgualimbro with an increase of the right foot, transition to Guardia di Faccia while stepping behind your right side with the left foot, and then throw a riverso sgualimbro while stepping to your left side with the left foot, etc. and so on.
For today's session, I took us through the ringer. We went through all of the attacks and defenses that are done counter-clockwise (Testa and Faccia, with change of direction); for next time, I hope to do some loose play going clockwise. Then we went through the attacks and defenses going clockwise. We have some refining to do, but the basics are there.
We exceeded my expectations today by getting through the first three parts of the paired form, from both the attacker and defender's perspective. I stress again that we just have the basic motions down: we have much refinement to do. That being said, here are the actions in writing:
- A begins in Coda Lunga e Stretta. B throws a mandritto sgualimbro to the head, and A parries in Guardia di Faccia and immediately thrusts to the face. End.
- The play can continue if B binds in Guardia di Faccia. A then leaves by throwing a riverso sgualimbro while passing back with the right foot, ending in Coda Lunga e Alta.
- B throws a riverso ridoppio and immediately thrusts an imbroccata. A parries with a mezzo mandritto sgualimbro, stepping to his right with the right foot, and counters with a riverso tondo followed by a riverso sgualimbro, ending in Coda Lunga e Stretta.
- The play can continue if B covers against the tondo in Guardia di Faccia, and the riverso sgualimbro in Guardia di Testa.
- B immediately throws a mandritto sgualimbro A's right leg. A parries with a falso dritto, while drawing his left foot behind the right, and then counterattacks with two mandritti sgualimbri to the head, ending in Porta di Ferro Stretta.