Moving forward with the zogho largo sets, we reviewed the basic six variants and added the two thrust defenses (counter-thrust, and breaking the thrust) for a total of eight canonical largo variants. In the thrust defenses, we were reminded of the necessity of parrying in the middle of the blade. We did many rounds of this series including randomly. This is solid material to practice.
We also reviewed the situation of defending a mandritto fendente from posta di donna, when in left posta di donna. The problem encountered is that if you just do the fendente from the left without offlining, you don’t get a suitable angle of deflection and thus are vulnerable to a double-kill. The Sunday group had worked on this and we took their findings and moved on.
Our findings were as follows (I take the liberty of summarizing for the three of us present):
- Just standing there and issuing a fendente from the left creates the double-kill.
- The option to hit around from the left side, in an attempt to get behind the opponent’s blade (the method depicted in the second photo from the Sunday workout) suffers from serious timing risks and is therefore unsuitable.
- The Germanic zwerchhau method works well (lifting the blade over the head and doing a false-edge horizontal windmilling parry from right to left).
- Taking a steep sloping step to the right and cutting down strongly into the attacker’s blade with a reverso fendente from the left also works well. You follow up by stabbing or by transitioning to stretto plays.