Swordfighting Stance - Two Horn Guard

Two Horn guard is done from the right stance.

Swordfighting right stance

Two horn guard is done with the pommel of the sword securely lodged against the center of your breast, and the sword pointing straight out towards your attacker. In essence this is preparation for driving the sword directly into your attacker's chest :) Your right hand is against the guard with the back of your hand pointing down towards the ground. Your left hand is around the pommel, against your chest.

I do not have a photo of this pose yet.

There is also a "left two horn" guard which is the exact same thing, just with the feet reversed.

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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