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 Using di Testa to Parry Mandritti 
Robert R.


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I want to get people's takes on how Guardia di Testa (pre-Dall'Agocchie) is used to parry mandritti.

But before this is answered, maybe we need to discuss how people are forming di Testa (with sword alone). The illustration from Marozzo makes it look like a high version of Coda Lunga e Stretta, with the arm straight out from the shoulder, true edge slightly directed to the right (outside) and point slightly to the left (or central). Forming the guard this way makes a strong cover against roversi, but what about mandritti?

Angelo Viggiani describes the "common parry" to defend the head, which is formed by making a mandritto, but leaving the point high, so that it will make a true-edge crossing against another mandritto. This sounds like it could be a "di Testa" held to the inside, with the arm level with the shoulder, but the true-edge directed to the inside (left). From this parry, Viggiani described three reposts, a riverso inside the sword, a riverso outside the sword (cut-over), and a mandritto to the leg.

Should we assume Guardia di Testa when used to parry mandritto to the head would then be something similar to a high Porta di Ferro Stretta? Or is it the di Testa described by Dall'Agocchie (though it's never described that way until his treatise)?
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