We’re continuing to extract pieces of the cutting drill form, and drills from the curriculum, and expanding them by adding flow (guard transitions), choices (degrees of freedom), and varying or eliminating the assignment of impetus to feeder or worker. Tonight we worked on drill 2 and a hitting combination consisting of a passing to dente di cinghiaro, then a thrust with a pass, followed by a fendente and angle footwork.
We started by working the form fragment: start in posta di donna destra, advance with a cut to dente di cinghiaro, advance with a thrust, then cut a wide offline step while throwing a follow-up fendente, transitioning to some known guard to finish.
Now to work with the partner:
The defender waits in tutta porta di ferro. The feeder starts in a right-side guard, advances with a guard transition (cut) into dente di cinghiaro, then attacks with a thrust and a pass with the left foot. This produces the scenario of the breaking of the thrust drill.
A variation in impetus has the defender launching a preemptive attack once the feeder hits the dente di cinghiaro guard. If the defender catches the feeder before he advances, the drill 2 scenario is produced, and the feeder parries from the left (a la master of the sword in one hand).
Finally, removing assigned impetus from both partners can potentially create a situation where the feeder is advancing with the thrust while the defender is advancing with a fendente. Thus timing and distance variations need to be dealt with by both parties.
As before, we’re working these drills at half speed, with minimal or no hand protection, and paying close attention to covering the opponent’s blade, with the goal of avoiding sacrifice kills.