Fiore basic syllabus
The Basic syllabus is divided into parts one and two, for grading purposes. For guidance on this, please refer to our Training Guide 2011 printable booklet. The wiki is updated much faster than the booklet, so when they disagree, it is safest to assume the wiki is correct.
- The guard positions
- Three turns: volta stabile, meza volta, tutta volta
- Four steps: passare, tomare, accressere, dicressere
- Four unarmed poste: longa, dente de zenghiaro, frontale, porta di ferro
- The footwork combinations: 1) accressere fora di strada, passare alla traversa, 2) accressere, 3 passi, with tutta volta.
- Stick avoidance drill
- Basic falling, solo
Unarmed pair exercises
- Testing the guards using pressure, grounding exercise
- Basic falling in pairs
- 4 lines of attack: mandritto, fendente, roverso, sotto.
- The 5 things: disarm, strike, lock, break, takedown
- dagger disarm flowdrill
- First remedy master (against mandritto or fendente)
- Third remedy master (against roverso or fendente)
- Ninth remedy master (against sotto)
The basic Fiore longsword syllabus is the most evolved of all the school's syllabi; it has been a work in progress for over ten years. At its core lie two forms: the cutting drill, and the syllabus form, and four pair drills, known as first, second, the exchange and the break. These pair drills represent the four most common variations on defence: against a cut, covering from right and left, against a thrust on the opposite side, and against a thrust from the mirror side. These have (usually) four steps to them: the attack, the initial defence (remedy), the attacker's counter (counter-remedy) and the defender's counter to the counter (counter-counter-remedy). These drills should be memorised in their basic form, as they become the foundation of the development of the student's skills. By doing all four drills as both defender and attacker, the student will cover defence from right and left, attacking from right and left, defence against cut and thrust, and attacking with cut and thrust. Using the standard variation multipliers, which include the four crossings drill, changing the starting guards, changing the counter-remedy etc., the student can find a rational way to recreate every play in the system, and connect that play in memory to one or other of the foundational drills.
- Mandritto fendente
- Roverso fendente
- Mandritto sottano
- Roverso sottano
- Mandritto mezano
- Roverso mezano