Posta drill - Short

Learning guards - or posta in Italian - is a key part of learning to swordfight. This drill is a short sequence of moving from guard to guard in sequence, taking a pass forward step in between each one.

I always learn things best when they are set to music. For example, I can still recite the Preamble to the US Consitution because I saw that "We the people in order to form a more perfect union ..." song on Schoolhouse Rock one too many times growing up. The song plays in my head even as I type this.

So for some reason the song that stuck in my head every time I saw the group practicing both short and full posta drill was Beethoven's Ode to Joy. Here's a version that is a bit too slow for the purpose, but I adore the snare drums in it :)

Ode to Joy - Opera Babes

I trimmed the above sound clip to just have the length you need for the short drill. So the idea is that you sing along the poses to the beats.

Guard of the Woman
Boar's Tooth
Window Guard
Half Iron Gate
(snares)
Front Guard
Left Short Guard
Tail Guard
Left Guard of the Woman
(snares)
Full Iron Gate
Left Two Horn
Long Point


For each movement you want the sword slice to move as your foot is landing for maximum power. You don't want to step and THEN swing.

I am really not a good singer. I am going to try to track someone down to sing this for me so I can actually play it in the background while I do things which will then stick the lyrics in my head :) If anyone wants to volunteer I'm happy to post the results! In the meantime, here is a faster, MALE voice singing the song:

Ode to Joy - Male (Westminster)


and a medium-speed FULL CHORUS voice singing the song:

Ode to Joy - Chorus (Westminster)


and yes, ME singing the words in time, I apologize I am not a great singer but this is to give you a sense of what I am after. This is the full posta drill, it's just as well to learn it that way from the start.

Ode to Joy - Chorus (Westminster)


For Audio WAV files to help with guard training, visit my Guards Audio WAV Files page.

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