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

Folio 30 v. b


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.


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.

Sword in two hands – 20th scholar of the 3rd master – Narrow play

Folio 30 v. c


Another sword disarm you can do when you are crossed in narrow play is the scholar puts his right hand under his own blade and takes that of the player almost at the middle, keeping it upright, and immediately lets his own sword fall to the ground. And with the left hand take hold below the pommel of the players sword and give it a turn round to the players left. And immediately the player will have lost his sword.


The last of the narrow play disarms applies similar mechanics to its predecessors. From the crossing of the 3rd master, roll the pommel of your sword over your opponents right hand as if making the pommel strike of the 3rd scholar of the 3rd master. Step through with your left foot as you do so. This will force your opponent to draw their arms back and raise their sword to a vertical position to stop the pommel strike. The blade of their sword will be pushing against the handle of your, between your hands.

As your hands are very close to your opponents weapon, and your attack will not work, you change your strike to a disarm. Roll your right hand underneath your own blade to catch your opponents. With your left hand, drop your sword completely, and grab your opponents pommel. This is the point shown in the picture.

Twist the sword clockwise in the vertical plane and your hips clockwise in the horizontal plane. Your opponents wrists will lock up and the sword will be stripped from their grasp. When you slide your right hand to take a proper grip on the handle, you will be in posta coda longa.

Adjust your left foot for distancing and deliver a cut or thrust to your weaponless and troubled opponent.