Let’s tie together all that we’ve learned in the over the last few posts into one simple drill. It’s quite easy. There are eight techniques. One side of the class starts in the palm up guard, and generally speaking, starts with a disengage and then does the listed attack.
- Leg cut
- Face cut
You can do this as a not bad solo pattern practice if you want. You can with the responses from the other side of the class as well, which are all performed from the palm-up guard.
- Void (pull the right leg back)
- Seize (make a pass with the left leg, rolling the sword to seconda and stretch out the left hand to accompany the sword, just under the hilt.
- Drop (lift sword hand high while lunging, letting the tip drop low)
- Pass (Deep passing lunge with the left leg, sword to seconda)
- Press (like Seize, but lower, and place the hand on the sword)
- Scannatura (pass while spiraling the sword to seconda, with hand above sword)
- Passata sotto (Lunge and drop the body very low)
Of course, these are not the detailed or even “correct” way to do the techniques, but it is a quick little pattern drill that students can perform in as much time as it takes to lunge eight times. This means, with masks on, in the course of fifteen or twenty minutes students will have a over a hundred chances to try out one of the Wolf Lord of Blades techniques. If you let students run the bare drill for a set or two, then you can start to who them how it should be correctly done. You can add in a counter drill to cover the “clever” responses.
- Demi cavare, beat, lunge
- Cavare low, roverso and fendente
- Demi cavare, Inquartata
- Sotto and sopra cavare, mezzo dritto, lunge
- Cavare, lunge
- Cavare, void, roverso
- Cavare, lunge
- Pass back , scannatura
For details on how to perform it all, go and read the previous Wolf Lord of Blades posts. I’ve included links to the appropriate post in each counter. The eight drill and it’s interprertation is left as an exercise for the reader. This wraps up all his lessons on how to attack someone on the outside line. The next set of five lessons cover attacking on the inside line, and after that it’s all off-hand weapon work.