Fundamentals Class (Apprentice) 9/02/11


Tonight was our last night working on the volte of the sword.  We had another guest in class, and I’d like to thank him for coming out and joining the group for the evening – you know who you are!

Essentially, these drills were repetitions of last week’s plays, done at a good clip, from out of measure and coming to the bind with a cut.

  1. Volta stabile drill, where pressure is directed towards the Player.
  2. Mezza volta drill, where pressure is directed sideways, allowing the Player to cut behind the sword.
  3. Tutta volta drill, where pressure is directed down and out, enabling the Player to cut fully around with a tutta volta, in the same manner as the colpi di villano.
A couple of drills were then done to illustrate the tactical nature of each volta, whereby they successively out-time one another.
The first drill had the Companion cut to the Player and push a thrust to his face.  The Player would then perform a “bad parry” by simply setting aside the thrust using frontale without following up immediately.  In response to sideways pressure, the Companion performs a mezza volta, which is countered by having the Player raise their hands with a volta stabile, putting the point into the center of mass.
The second drill, much like the first, had the Player cut to the Companion with a fendente.  The Companion, feeling the pressure exerted, performs a tutta volta, which is countered by the Player who simply strikes fendente roverso, effectively out-timing the Companion.
After this, I used these to work sensitivity in the bind.  The first drill gave the attacker two options: forward or sideways pressure, and the Player was to choose between the volta stabile or the mezza volta.  The next drill gave the Player the choice between reacting to sideways pressure or downward pressure, performing a mezza volta or tutta volta.  Finally, all three were combined, and the Player had to choose the proper technique based on the pressure that the Companion fed him.