Guardia Alta

The Described Offensive Plays For Guardia Alta

Offences Initiated With Thrust

Offensive Combination Using Imbroccata & Tramazzone
Attack with an imbroccata and redouble with a tramazzone or two.(Libro 1, Capitolo 3)

Offensive Action Using Montante Thrust
Pass with the right foot, and then the left, extending a montante thrust that ends in Guardia di Faccia.
(Libro 2, 3rd Assault)

Offensive Combination Using Montante Thrust, Riverso And Tramazzoni
Pass with the left foot throwing a montante thrust that ends at the face. Immediately traverse right and throw a penetrating thrust to the face, redoubling with two tramazzoni to the head, ending in Porta di Ferro Stretta.
(Libro 2, 2nd Assault)

Offensive Combination Using Thrust, Riverso And Fendente
Pass right, throwing a rising thrust into the enemy’s face. Redouble by slipping your right foot to your left, throwing a riverso ridoppio to the arms. Follow with a fendente to the head that ends in Porta di Ferro Stretta.
(Libro 2, 3rd Assault)

Offences Initiated With Mandritto

Offensive Combination Using Two Mandritti
Throw a mandritto to the head that ends in Sopra il Braccio. Slip the right foot back to the left, then pass right with the right foot, lifting the hand into Guardia d’Alicorno and then throwing a mandritto to the face, ending in Sotto il Braccio.
(Libro 2, 1st Assault)

Offensive Combination Using Mandritto, Riverso And Montante To Sword Hand To Stifle Enemy
If both are in Guardia Alta, throw a mandritto at sword arm that goes to Sopra il Bracchio. Redouble with a riverso also to the sword hand. Continue with a montante to return to Guardia Alta. Your enemy will be stifled for fear of being hit in the sword hand.
(Libro 1, Capitolo 3)

Offensive Combinations Using Mandritto And Riverso
Pass with your right foot into large pace, throwing a mandritto to the head ending in Sotto il Bracchio. Redouble with a riverso ending in Coda Lunga Stretta as the left foot comes behind to complete the pass.
(Libro 2, 1st Assault)

Pass with your right foot, and throw a mandritto to the leg ending in Sotta il Braccio. Traverse left and throw a riverso to the face, ending in Coda Lunga Alta.
(Libro 2, 3rd Assault)

Pass with the right foot, throwing a mandritto that ends in Sopra il Bracchio, and then slip back the right foot. Redouble by passing with the left foot throwing a mezzo riverso ending in Guardia di Faccia.
(Libro 2, 2nd Assault)

Pass with the right foot, throwing a mandritto that ends in Sopra il Bracchio, and then slip back the right foot. Redouble by passing with the right foot throwing a mezzo riverso ending in Guardia di Faccia.
(Libro 2, 3rd Assault)

Offensive Combination Using Mandritto, Rivero And Falso
Pass with the right foot, throwing a mandritto ending in Sopra il Bracchio with the right shoulder pointed at the breast of your enemy. Redouble with a riverso fendente ending in Coda Lunga Stretta and with a falso to the sword hand ending in Sopra il Bracchio.
(Libro 2, 3rd Assault)

Offensive Combination Using Mandritto, 2 Riversi And A Thrust
Pass with the right foot, throwing a mandritto that ends in Sopra il Bracchio, as you slip the right foot back to the left. Pass again with the right foot, delivering a riverso to the face and then the thigh, immediately following with a stoccata that rolls into imbroccata, as you slip back your right foot.
(Libro 2, 1st Assault)

Offensive Combination Using Mandritto, Thrust, Two Tramazzoni And A Thrust
Pass with the right foot, throwing a mandritto that ends in Sopra il Bracchio, and then slip the right foot back to the left. Again pass with the right foot, throwing stoccata riversa to the face, then traverse left with the left foot to throw tramazzone to the face, and another tramazzone to the face as you traverse right with the right foot. As the left foot comes behind throw a thrust, covering with your buckler to end in Guardia di Faccia.
(Libro 2, 1st Assault)

Offensive Combination Using Mandritto And Falso On A Pass
Pass with the right foot, throwing a mandritto that ends in Sotto il Bracchio, and then slip the right foot back to the left. Again pass with the right foot throwing a falso traversato that ends in Guardia di Faccia.
(Libro 2, 1st Assault)

Offensive Combination Using Mandritto And Falso On A Slip
From passo largo, slip the right foot back and throw a mandritto that ends in Sotto il Bracchio. Immediately pass with the right foot, and throw a falso that ends in Guardia di Faccia.
(Libro 2, 3rd Assault)

Offensive Combination Using Mandritto Feint, Falso, Thrust And Tramazzoni
Traverse left with the left foot, feinting a descending mandritto, then quickly pass with the right foot and place your false edge beneath your enemy’s sword. As you pass forward with the left foot, turn your hand and give a thrust to the face. Pass right and redouble with two tramazzoni to the head, ending in Porta di Ferro Stretta, defending the head with your buckler.
(Libro 2, 3rd Assault)

Attack By 2nd Intention Using Mandritto With Falso Beat And Mandritto
Drive your righ_ foot forward, throwing a less than full mandritto ending in Sopra il Bracchio. Pass with your left foot, turning your buckler over your hand, and going with your sword into Cingiara Porta di Ferro. Immediately pass with your right foot, hitting the enemy’s sword with a falso that ends in Guardia Alta, and immediately throw a mandritto to the leg, ending in Sotto il Bracchio. Defend the head with the buckler.
(Libro 2, 3rd Assault)

Offences Initiated With Fendente

Offensive Combination Using Fendente & Tramazzone
Attack with a fendente and redouble with a tramazzone.
(Libro 1, Capitolo 3)

Offensive Combination Using Fendente & Tramazzone with a Slope Pass
Pass with your right foot throwing fendente, ending in Guardia di Faccia (assume hand in third). As your left foot passes forward and right into passo stretto, throw tramazzone ending in Cingiara Porta di Ferro.
(Libro 2, 1st Assault)

Offensive Combination Using Fendente & Tramazzone with a Pass and Traverse
Pass with your right foot throwing fendente, ending in Guardia di Faccia. Traverse left and throw tramazzone ending in Cingiara Porta di Ferro.
(Libro 2, 3rd Assault)

Offensive Combination Using Fendente, Tramazzone, Tramazzone Feint & Mandritto
From a right foot forward stance, throw a fendente ending in Guardia di Faccia. Slip your right foot back to left foot, then pass left with the left foot to throw a tramazzone to the head, and then pass right with the right foot, feinting with a tramazzone but cutting to the leg with a mandritto, ending in Sopra il Braccio, with the buckler defending the head.
(Libro 2, 2nd Assault)

Offensive Combination Using Fendente, Two Trammazone and Montante
Cut to the head with fendente then redouble with two tramazzoni to the face, defending your head with the buckler, ending with the right foot forward. Slip back the right foot next to the left, whilst throwing a montante that ends in Guardia Alta.
(Libro 2, 3rd Assault)

Offences Initiated With Tramazzone

Offensive Action Using Tramazzone
Pass with your right foot throwing a tramazzone that ends in Porta di Ferro Larga. Defend the head with your buckler.
(Libro 2, 2nd Assault)

Attack By 2nd Intention With Tramazzone To Draw Parry – Riposte
Cut a tramazzone, ending in Porta di Ferro. Enemy will then throw some blow to your uncovered body, which you will defend by parrying with Guardia di Testa, passing forward with the right foot. Riposte with a mandritto to the face or thigh, warding the head with the buckler. Pass back the right foot to place yourself out of distance.
(Libro 1, Capitolo 3)

Offensive Combination Using Tramazzone, Redoubled with a Riverso Feint and Mandritto
Cut a tramazzone to enemy’s right hand side, whilst passing left with the left foot. Redouble with a riverso feint, but hit with a mandritto.
(Libro 1, Capitolo 3)

Offensive Combination Using a Tramazzone Feint and Mandritto
Pass left, feinting to hit with a tramazzone, but hit instead with a mandritto.
(Libro 1, Capitolo 3)

Offensive Combination Using Tramazzone, Thrust and Mandritto With Presa
Pass with the right foot turning a tramazzone, ending in Porta di Ferro Larga. Immediately pass left with the left foot and thrust to the right side of the enemy’s face to draw the parry. Transport the enemy’s sword to your inside with the left hand (buckler or hand grab not indicated) and hit with a mandritto to the head, or where open.
(Libro 2, 2nd Assault)

Offensive Combination Using Molinetto and Rising Riverso
Pass with the right foot turning a molinetto, then pass with the left foot delivering a rising riverso made over your arm.
(Libro 2, 3rd Assault)

The Described Defensive Plays For Guardia Alta

Universal Defensive Actions

Buckler Parry Against Descending And Ascending Blows
Beat the rim of the buckler up and down in response to the attack. (Note: most effective method is to point face of buckler towards the sword hand of the enemy.
(Libro 1, Capitolo 4)

Defence Of Head Blow With Falso Counterattack
When the enemy throws the head blow, meet his sword hand with a falso crossed over your arm. (ie Roll into Guardia d’Alicorno)
(Libro 1, Capitolo 3)

Defence Of Head Blow With Guardia di Testa
Feint a montante, and pass with the left foot into Guardia di Testa to parry the blow. Riposte by passing right and throwing mandritto, ending in Guardia di Testa as the left comes behind the right.
(Libro 1, Capitolo 3)

Counterattack With Thrust On The Retreat
Step back with the right foot into large pace and extend a montante thrust, ending in Guardia di Faccia.
(Libro 1, Capitolo 4)

Defensive Withdrawals

These actions are listed in the withdrawal sections of the three main Assaulti, and hence are believed to be methods for withdrawing from engagement in a safe manner. The principle being demonstrated is the need to discourage your enemy from continuing to remain in engagement.

Defence Withdrawal With Mandritto And Two Montante
Withdraw by passing back with your right foot into passo largo, throwing a mandritto that ends in Sotto il Bracchio. Redouble by stepping back with your left to passo largo and throw a montante from your left side, ending in Guardia Alta, then throw another montante from your right side into Guardia Alta, slipping you right foot back to your left.
(Libro 2, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Assaults)

Defence Withdrawal With Mandritto, Cover and Thrust
Withdraw by passing back with your right foot into passo largo, throwing a mandritto that ends in Sotto il Bracchio. Half turn your body towards your right, bringing your sword out and around your head to end in Guardia d’Alicorno. Pass back with the left foot, throwing a rising thrust that ends in Guardia Alta, and then slip your right foot back to the left.
(Libro 2, 1st Assault)

Defence Withdrawal With Mandritto, Riverso and Thrust
Withdraw by passing back with your right foot into passo largo, throwing a mandritto that ends in Sotto il Bracchio. Lean toward your right side throwing a riverso, and on your recovery turn your hand over after the strike pulling back your body into Guardia d’Alicorno. Pass back with the left foot, throwing a rising thrust that ends in Guardia Alta, and then slip your right foot back to the left.
(Libro 2, 2nd Assault)

Defence Withdrawal With Mandritto, Molinetto and Cover
Withdraw by passing back with your right foot into passo largo, throwing a mandritto that ends in Sotto il Bracchio. Slip back your left foot, turning your sword into Sopra il Bracchio, then pass with the left foot turning a molinetto, recovering back into Coda Lunga Stretta. Slip back your right foot to the left, lifting your hand into Guardia Alta.
(Libro 2, 3rd Assault)


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