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Foundations of Armizare: The Exemplary Masters – Posta Tutta Porta di Ferro, pulsativa

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This lesson is on actions that can be performed from Posta Tutta Porta di Ferro (Full Iron Gate). It is by no means all of the actions that can be performed from this guard position, nor are these actions limited to being performed only from this guard position. They are exemplars, examples of principles and techniques, taken from Fiore’s manuscripts and (hopefully) executed much as he would have intended.

The exercises in the overall course are solo drills designed to teach correct body and sword mechanics (the proper movement of the body and sword in martial arts, specifically Armizare) as well as a technical and tactical understanding of the guard positions. Most of them use specific guards, or poste (see Armizare Glossary), with or without weapons (or a weapon stand-in). Each exercise should be practiced with attention to detail, and an awareness of the body, so that the movements become second nature. This takes time, practice, and patience, but anyone can learn to improve strength, balance, and coordination – the cornerstones of martial arts.

As you progress through the lessons, be sure to return to earlier lessons frequently for review and additional practice. I’ve been doing this for nearly 30 years and I still practice more basic drills than fancy moves. As my fencing master, William Gaugler, said, “Fights are won with simple actions performed at a high level of skill.”

-Sean Hayes