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Fiori Italian Longsword
A set of Italian Longsword-related fencing terms. Please let me know if you'd like to see certain terms or to have a term updated with a better definition. Pictures will also be added in the future.
Terms in this set (61)
Italian - 'to wrestle'
to step forward without passing; a step forward with the leading foot
Italian - 'across'
Italian - '2 horned'; a longsword guard; 'guardia Bicorno'
Italian - 'arm'; a unit of Italian measurement - the distance between the point of your shoulder and your wrist; i.e. the length of an arm
Italian - 'short'; a longsword guard position; 'guardia Breve'
to disengage over your opponent's blade
to disengage under your opponent's blade
a blow, either a cut or a thrust
an Italian mercenary, from the late Middle Ages through the Renaissance
In Fiori, the figure that shows the counter or remidy to a given technique
Italian - 'on the right'
to step back without passing; to step backward with the rear foot
Italian - Lady; a longsword guard position; 'guardia posta de Donna'
Italian - false
a decending blow
Italian - window; a longsword guard position; 'fenestra de sinestra'
Fora di Strada
off the line; ex: 'accresco fora de strada' - 1 step off the line
Forte on Debole
Firmly placing your opponent's sword on your forte or guard of your sword
Italian - frontal; a longsword guard position
Italian - 'guard' ex sword guard; used synonymously with 'posta' - position
Italian - 'through the arm'; to strike your opponant over their arm with a decending strike
Italian - 'unstable'; Fiori's term for a guard or position through which one moves in a moment of transition
Italian - 'middle lock'; a wrestling term
Italian - 'high lock'; a wrestling term
Italian - 'low lock'; a wrestling term
Italian - 'long'; a longsword guard position
Italian - 'forehand'
A martial arts teacher or fencing master; In Fiori, the figure that shows a basic technique
Italian - middle or half
Italian - 'middle blow'; 1 of the 6 Fiori sword blows - horizontal; same as 'Tondo'
to step; to pass; passing one foot past the other
a passing step; the space between your feet; 'passo alla traversa' - to pass across
Porta di Ferro
Italian - 'iron door'; a sword guard position; in Fiori either middle (mezana porata di ferro) or whole (tutta porta di ferro)
Italian - 'position'; guard position; ex: 'posta de donna'; plural - 'poste'; used synonymously with term 'guardia' - guard
Fiori's term for a guard or position from which one can strick quickly and strongly
a thrust; Italian - 'point of a weapon'
a thrust from quarta, usualy done on the outside line
to beat aside, specifically an incoming attack/weapon
Italian - 'remedy'; specifically the defence against an attack; usually some sort of parry
Italian - 'to break'; ex 'rompere di punta' - to break a thrust
Italian - 'backhand'
Italian - 'to exchange'; ex: 'scambiare di punta' - the exchange of thrust
Italian - 'on the left'
a rising blow from below; same as 'ridoppio'; 1 of the 6 Fiori sword blows
Italian - 'stable'; Fiori's term for a guard or position in which a combatant can await an attack from the opponant
Italian - 'same time'; to take an action at the same time and of the same length as your opponent
a strike; a thrusting attack, usually delivered from terza, rising from below
Italian - 'the road'; usually means 'way' or 'line'; the line between two fencers; ex: 'fora di strada' - off the line
to constrain; to place your sword in an adventageous position over your opponent's sword, forcing them to change their sword position, thus giving up a tempo
One who learns martial arts; In Fiori's system, the figure who takes a master's place to show a variation on the Master's technique
a horizontal blow; same as Mazano
to pass backward
Italian - 'whole' or 'full'; ex 'tutta porta di ferro' - whole iron door guard
Italian - 'whole turn' or 'complete turn'
Italian - 'true cross'; a sword guard position
Italian - 'to turn'
Italian - 'stable turn'
Italian - 'wild boar'; a sword guard position; ex 'posta di dente di zenghiaro' - the guard of the wild boar's tooth
Italian - 'wide play'; actions with weaphons at the wide measure or wide distance
Italian - 'close play'; actions with or without weapons at close measure or close distance
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