Swordfighting Stance - Short Guard

Short guard (Posta Breve in Italian) is done from the right stance.

Swordfighting right stance

Short guard involves your sword pointing straight at the eyes of the enemy. You hold the sword in two hands as usual. Bring your right hand (holding the pommel) over to your left hip, but rest it OUTSIDE your left hip. Do not let it rest in the "socket of the hip". Now use your right hand to aim the sword so that it is directly between the sight line of you and your enemy. Assume that your enemy is the exact same height as you are.

Note the photo below is of LEFT short guard.

Swordfighting short guard stance

Note that it is critical that your left hand not take the "easy / casual" way of lodging that pommel into your hip socket for support. If your enemy were to actually hit your sword, he would drive the pommel into your hip, causing damage. You want the sword to be free of your body so if the sword was hit it would go harmlessly back along the side of your hip.

If you do this with the sword pommel on your left hip, that is a Left Short Guard.

Make sure the hand is "securely wrapped" on the sword in the sense that fingers are not out and flayed. If you have any pre-move motion, it becomes a tell that opponents will watch for to know you are about to attack. You want to move smoothly from this guard into the attack without any initial adjusting of fingers or elbows.

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

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