Second Drill zogho stretto

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This drill models what happens when a parry from the roverso side works but does not beat the attack wide. In this instance the attacker binds the parry, and enters with a version of the (Getty MS) 11th play of the zogho stretto; the defender prevents this with the play of the (PD MS) second play of the second master of the zogho stretto, who has crossed from the roverso side.


The stretto form of second drill, part one:


1. The attacker initiates, with a mandritto fendente.

2. The defender parries with a roverso sottano and strikes with a mandritto fendente.

3. As the defender parries the attacker binds the parry, and grabs the defender’s pommel with his left hand and throws it over the defender’s left shoulder (the 11th play of the zogho stretto).

4. As the attacker binds, and will try to enter, the defender kicks him in the nuts (stomach, amongst friends), and strikes with the sword.


The stretto form of second drill, part two:


1. The attacker initiates, with a mandritto fendente.

2. The defender parries with a roverso sottano and strikes with a mandritto fendente.

3. As the attacker binds the parry, the defender enters to wrap, as we see for example in the Pisani Dossi MS, first and second plays of the second master of the zogho stretto.

4. The defender counters the ligadura mezana with the 16th play of the zogho stretto (Getty MS). Note we already have the 15th play as a counter to the ligadura in the base form of second drill, so here is the alternative.