Marozzo’s Sword & Dagger

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Introduction

Marozzo’s Sword & Dagger system is a highly effective and extremely versatile one. The system relies on a promary base guardia position, from which we are shown the majority of the plays. The remaining parts of the system are describing following actions made form the guardie which you have moved to from the base guardia.

For ease of interpretation, I have grouped the plays under their starting guardia, which is named for the sword position being used.

Actions from the Base Guard Coda Lunga Alta

Attack with Falso

Starting Guardia:
Feet in passo largo, LH in Porta di Ferro Stretta, RH in Coda Lunga Alta

Action:
Gather forward with the right foot, and stepping forward with the left, throw a rising falso to the sword or dagger hand. This will also protect you from an attack to the head or leg.
[Reference: Marozzo, Libro 2, Capitolo 37]

Probing offence with stoccadella and falso

Starting Guardia:
Feet in passo largo, LH in Porta di Ferro Alta, RH in Coda Lunga Alta

Action:
Throw a probing stocadella to see if you can draw a response from the enemy. If the enemy does not respond, pass right and throw a falso dritto to the dagger hand, ending with the sword in Coda Lunga Stretta, and the dagger in Guardia di Testa.
[Reference: Marozzo, Libro 2, Capitolo 39]

Defence against mandritto to the head

Starting Guardia:
Feet in passo largo, LH in Porta di Ferro Stretta, RH in Coda Lunga Alta

Action:
When the enemy throws a mandritto at the head, step forward with the right foot and parry with Guardia d’Alicorno, simultaneously attacking to the flanks with the dagger. Riposte by passing back with the right foot whilst throwing a mandritto fendente, ending with the sword in Cinghiara Porta di Ferro, and the dagger in Guardia di Testa.
[Reference: Marozzo, Libro 2, Capitolo 38]

Dagger parry with riposte against mandritto

Starting Guardia:
Feet in passo largo, LH in Porta di Ferro Stretta, RH in Coda Lunga Alta

Action:
When the enemy attacks you, parry the blow with the true edge of your dagger and simultaneously traverse right with your right foot. Riposte with a strong thrust to the flank or a mezzo mandritto to the leg. For your defence, as the left leg comes behind to complete the traverse, throw a riverso molinello, and then pass back with the right foot, ending with the sword in Coda Lunga Alta, and your dagger in Porta di Ferro Stretta.
[Reference: Marozzo, Libro 2, Capitolo 43]

Defence with dagger parry against mandritto to leg

Starting Guardia:
Feet in passo largo, LH in Porta di Ferro Stretta, RH in Coda Lunga Alta

Action:
When the enemy throws a mandritto to the leg, pass right and parry the sword with the true edge of your dagger, turning the point down. Simultaneously throw a mandritto to his leg, ending in Porta di Ferro Larga with the sword, and Guardia di Testa with the dagger.
[Reference: Marozzo, Libro 2, Capitolo 37]

Slip against mandritto to the leg

Starting Guardia:
During the passing action from Capitolo 43 (Dagger parry with riposte against mandritto), whilst giving the thrust riposte to the hip (right foot forward, dagger in Guardia di Testa)

Action:
When the enemy counterattacks with a mandritto to your leg, slip back your right foot bringing your sword to you left hip, and then turning through with a riverso squalembrato (bind to seconde) to clear the enemy’s sword as you step back with the right, ending with the sword in Coda Lunga Alta, and your dagger in Porta di Ferro Stretta.
[Reference: Marozzo, Libro 2, Capitolo 44]

Defences against the mandritto to the leg

Starting Guardia:
Feet in passo largo, LH in Porta di Ferro Stretta, RH in Coda Lunga Alta

Action:
Defence 1 – a true edge dagger parry: – Parry of 2nd with the dagger (true edge)

Defence 2 – a false edge dagger parry: – In stresso tempo on a pass right, parry with false edge of dagger without turning the hand, and simultaneously riposte with thrust or a mandritto to the head or leg.

Defence 3 – a counterattack to the sword arm: – Traverse right with right foot using the pivoting step cutting with a mandritto traversato to the sword arm, ending with the sword in Cingiaria Porta di Ferro, and the dagger in Guardia di Testa.

Closing action for all 3 – Retreat back 2 or 3 paces, ending with LH in Porta di Ferro Stretta, RH in Coda Lunga Alta
[Reference: Marozzo, Libro 2, Capitolo 45]

Defence with the sword against the mandritto to the leg

Starting Guardia:
Feet in passo largo, LH in Porta di Ferro Stretta, RH in Coda Lunga Alta

Action:
Parry with false edge of sword (probably a prime parade) and riposte on a pass right with a fendente to the head, ending with RH in Porta di Ferro Stretta and LH in Guardia di Testa.

Redouble with a thrust to the face under your dagger, passing back into RH Coda Lunga Alta, LH Porta di Ferro Alta.
[Reference: Marozzo, Libro 2, Capitolo 47]

Defence with the slip against the riverso to the head or leg

Starting Guardia:
Feet in passo largo, LH in Porta di Ferro Alta, RH in Coda Lunga Alta

Action:
Slip the left foot back to the right, then riposte with a riverso the leg on a step right, ending with RH in Coda Lunga Stretta and LH in Guardia di Testa.

Redouble with a thrust to the face under your dagger, passing back into RH Coda Lunga Alta, LH Porta di Ferro Alta.
[Reference: Marozzo, Libro 2, Capitolo 48]

Defence with the sword against the riverso to the head or leg when throwing falso

Starting Guardia:
Feet in passo largo, LH in Porta di Ferro Alta, RH in Coda Lunga Alta

Action:
Harass with a rising falso. If he responds with riverso to head or leg, parry with true edge of dagger, point towards the ground. Riposte with a riverso to the head on a step right, ending with RH in Coda Lunga Distesa and LH in Guardia di Testa.

Redouble with a falso or thrust, passing back into RH Coda Lunga Alta, LH Porta di Ferro Alta.
[Reference: Marozzo, Libro 2, Capitolo 49]

Defence with the dagger against the falso to the dagger hand

Starting Guardia:
Feet in passo largo, LH in Porta di Ferro, RH in Coda Lunga Alta

Action:
Parry with true edge of dagger by turning hand into Coda Lunga Stretta. Riposte with a thrust to the chest or a half mandritto to the leg on a step right.

Take 2 or 3 steps back to get out of range.
[Reference: Marozzo, Libro 2, Capitolo 50]

Actions from the Porta di Ferro Stretta Guard

Defence with the sword against the mandritto to the leg

Starting Guardia:
Feet in passo largo, LH in Guardia di Testa, RH in Porta di Ferro Stretta

Action:
Defence 1) Parry with sword using a falso (dagger hand probably covers the redirection), and riposte with a riverso segarai to the leg, with the dagger going to Guardia di Testa.

Defence 2) On a pass back, parry with a falso from below upwards.
[Reference: Marozzo, Libro 2, Capitolo 46]

Drawing the enemy with Elza e Tira

Starting Guardia:
Feet in passo largo, LH in Guardia di Testa, RH in Porta di Ferro Stretta

Action:
Draw the enemy’s response with Elza e Tira, that is gather forward with the left foot throwing a falso to the sword, and attacking the inside of the sword arm, leg or face with a descending blow, ending with the sword in Porta di Ferro Stretta, and your dagger in Guardia di Testa, with your arms facing the right side of your enemy.[Reference: Marozzo, Libro 2, Capitolo 40]

Defence if you draw a mandritto or fendente to the head

Starting Guardia:
Feet in passo largo, LH in Guardia di Testa, RH in Porta di Ferro Stretta

Action:
If the enemy responds to the Elza e Tira with a mandritto or fendente to the head, traverse right with the right foot and counter his strike with Guardia di Testa. Redouble with a traverse left, throwing mandritto with the dagger and riverso with the sword, ending with the sword in Coda Lunga Distesa, and your dagger in Porta di Ferro Alta. Watch carefully for the enemy may attack with a thrust or mandritto imbroccata.
[Reference: Marozzo, Libro 2, Capitolo 40]

Actions from the Porta di Ferro Larga Guard

Defence with sword parry against attack to head (mandritto, riverso or stoccata)

Starting Guardia:
Feet in passo largo, LH in Guardia di Testa, RH in Porta di Ferro Larga

Action:
When the enemy throws a blow to the head (mandritto, roverso or stoccata), parry with your sword using a rising falso beat, and then riposte with a mandritto to the leg. Redouble with roverso, preferably to the sword arm, made with small step forward with the right foot. For your defence pass back with the right foot ending in Coda Lunga Alta with the sword and Porta di Ferro Stretta with the dagger.
[Reference: Marozzo, Libro 2, Capitolo 37]

Actions from the Cingiara Porta di Ferro Guard

Defence against thrust high or low

Starting Guardia:
Feet in passo largo, LH in Guardia di Testa, RH in Cinghiara Porta di Ferro

Action:
When the enemy throws a thrust high or low, traverse right with the right foot and parry with a falso, riposte with a riverso to the leg. Riposte by passing back with the right foot whilst throwing a falso dritto, ending with the sword in Coda Lunga Alta, and the dagger in Porta di Ferro Alta.
[Reference: Marozzo, Libro 2, Capitolo 38]

Universal Parry against an attack

Starting Guardia:
Feet in passo largo, LH in Guardia di Testa, RH in Cinghiara Porta di Ferro Stretta

Action:
When the enemy throws an attack, pass forward with the right foot, and parry with a rising falso, ending with the sword in Porta di Ferro Stretta, and your dagger in Guardia di Testa, with your arms facing the right side of your enemy.
[Reference: Marozzo, Libro 2, Capitolo 39]

Actions from the Coda Lunga Stretta Guard

Parry against mandritto or riverso to head or leg or thrust to face

Starting Guardia:
Feet in passo largo, LH in Guardia di Testa, RH in Coda Lunga Stretta

Action:
When the enemy throws a mandritto or riverso to your head or leg, or a thrust to the face, pass back to your right with the right foot, and parry with a mandritto traversato, ending with the sword in Cinghiara Porta di Ferro Stretta, and your dagger in Guardia di Testa.
[Reference: Marozzo, Libro 2, Capitolo 39]

Drawing the enemy with mezzo mandritto

Starting Guardia:
Feet in passo largo, LH in Guardia di Testa, RH in Coda Lunga Stretta

Action:
Throw a mezzo mandritto to the dagger hand to draw a response. When the enemy attacks you, parry the blow with your dagger and throw a blow to the head made whilst stepping forward and left with your right foot. Redouble with a riverso to the sword leg (traversing left with the left foot), and then back with the right foot, extending a stoccata to the face under your dagger, ending with the sword in Coda Lunga Alta, and your dagger in Porta di Ferro Stretta.
[Reference: Marozzo, Libro 2, Capitolo 42]

Actions from the Coda Lunga Distessa Guard

Drawing the enemy with Elza e Tira

Starting Guardia:
Feet in passo largo, LH in Porta di Ferro Stretta, RH in Coda Lunga Distesa

Action:
Feel out the enemy’s response with a falso to either hand as you make a gathering step. If the enemy throws a thrust or mandritto imbroccata at the head or leg, traverse right throwing a falso traversato to the arm or hand, or a riverso voltato that turns under in the fashion of a molinello (turning to your outside, which will then come under opponent’s sword), ending with the sword in Coda Lunga Stretta, and your dagger in Guardia di Testa.
[Reference: Marozzo, Libro 2, Capitolo 41]

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