One day in the desert

I was in the desert when I first heard the name “Marozzo.” It was about the third day of fighting in the dust. I was making the rounds of all the name fighters, getting in a few bouts with all of them. I did a few enjoyable passes with a guy from Saskatchewan, and asked for some feedback when we stopped. He said “I see you are using Marozzo. Where did you learn that?” As far as I knew, I hadn’t. The local group of fighters taught two styles of fighting: Presented was fighting with the sword-side foot forward, Refused was fighting with the opposite foot forward. Most people were fighting in refused at the time. It had the advantage of offering a strong defense, and keeping the sword safe from attempts to control the blade. One of the local bigwigs had shown me a trick where I could takeā€¦

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