Sword in two hands - Narrow play

Sword in two hands – 19th scholar of the 3rd master – Narrow play

Folio 30 v. b

Translation

This is another disarm called the lower sword disarm. In a similar manner, this does the same with the low as with the high. That is, with this turn, the sword follows the same path as in the other technique. With the right hand, turn in front once around while maintaining pressure on his blade. And the left hand must follow the turn around.

Interpretation

The lower sword disarm is virtually identical to the middle sword disarm.

From the crossing of the 3rd master, let go of the sword with your left hand, and spin the sword clockwise in a horizontal plane. Catch the middle of your opponents blade on your left side with the handle of your sword. At the same time, swing your left hand up to catch the pommel of your opponents sword.

The picture shows the scholar with their right foot forward. the only way to reach the opponent like this is to make an awkward shuffle forward. This is opposite to all related plays which make the grab with the left foot forward. It will also leave you twisted  and locking yourself up should you attempt the disarm like this. Unlike the picture, to make the grab as shown in the picture point, you will need to step through with your left foot.

Continue turning your hips in a clockwise direction. Keep both hands in front of your body with your elbows in close. Also be sure to keep the contact point of the two swords directly above your left hand. Your upper body remains still relative to itself, and makes the turn as a single unit. Your opponents sword will be snatched from their hands and flung out behind you. It will be more or less vertical as it sails through the air.

At the end of the disarm, keep your right hand turning so that the sword spins over your head to a single handed posta di fenestra. The point will be just inches from your opponent. Drive it forward into them.

You will see the same mechanics as this throw being used in the following plays.

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