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Art of the Two-Handed Sword: The Guards

In his Opera Nova, Achille Marozzo illustrates many of the guards used for the two-handed sword — the spada da due mani or the spadone. He also gives us plenty of instruction on how to use this magnificent weapon in different contexts. In this series of posts I will give you translations of the material, tools to help you practice this art as well as interpretations of both Marozzo’s and the Anonimo’s (the other Bolognese master to discuss the weapon) work.

In this first part I will show you my interpretation of the guards. Some of these are only mentioned by Marozzo, and some that I do not have even a working interpretation of I have left out from the gallery.

But I believe this will help you better understand the following posts in this series. Whenever the guards are mentioned, you can refer back to this gallery to see how the positions can be formed.

Please leave your comments if you want to share your own insights of these positions.