The actual weapon being studied came to prominence at the end of the 15th Century, and became a mainstay of European infantry throughout the 16th Century and into the 17th Century. It averaged in length from 150 cm to 180 cm. As described by Alfieri, it was typically as long as a man is tall.
Our course is based on the work of Francesco Alfieri’s treatise Lo Spadone. We’ll be working from Ken Mondshein’s translation.
- Guards, Basic Cuts and Footwork
- Extended Footwork, Recovery into Hanging Guard & Thrusts
- Redoubled Actions
- Serpentines, Thrust Feints with Circular Cuts
- Consolidation Drills
- 3 Step Cutting, Counterattacks
- Thrust on 2nd Intention
- Restricted Target Bouting
- Reinforcing the Parry – Riposte Response
- More Molinelli Applications
- Redoubled Actions Revision
- Introduction to Counterattacks
- The Thrust in 2nd Intention
- Thrust Provocations