These are just some of the many fencing terms referred to in our salle and in the treatises.
an extending step thrust (a form of lunge)
Battre de main
a hand parry - a beat of the hand
(a beat) a distracting hit (bat) to force the adversary's blade off line or evoke a response
the action of pressuring or enveloping the adversary's blade/point in order to carry it off line and make an opening
Botta de tempo
(attack-in-time) countering or attacking when the opponent is distracted and/or unprepared
a straight attack - a right hit
Botte de paysan
a two-handed attack made by grabbing the blade near the middle with the free hand and closing-in to knock aside an opponent's weapon and thrust
A circular disengage of the blade
Cuts to the wrists with the false-edge.
Attacks with the false-edge or diagonal upward cuts using the back of the sword.
A reverse cut using the false edge, often used against the opponents sword and then followed by a turn of the blade and a mandritto to the head.
Italian for the sword's edge
Foyne (a punta)
a Stab, a thrust , a point
Middle (half) centre point of the blade for example
Distance at which a strike can be made by a step, by a pass, or by a lunge
distance at which a strike can be made by simply leaning in with an extension
A step foreward or back where one foot fully passes the other
To duck under an attack, for example with a drop onto the free hand to deliver a counter thrust.
gripping the sword with knuckles up and palm down (hand in seconda)
A void by moving the rear foot behind the lead foot allowing the attackers sword to pass in front of your body usually accompanied by a counter thrust
To bind, to clasp, to clinch, to force or constrian. In fencing, to gain dominence on an adversaries blade by pushing the blade forward, leading with the point, to dominate the apponants foible and create an open line to strike.
To parry and riposte in one action, often a deflecting counter-attack
A diagonal step to the left or right of you opponant
Italian for fencing with a single sword
Stocatto (also Stoccado - florio 1611)
A straigh thrust, foyne, stab
A lunge using a straight thrust - stocatto
a counter thrust attack into the opponent's forward movement or oncoming attack
Stringere (verb) Stesso (past tense)
maintaining contact or opposition with the opponent's blade so as to control it
Supination (hand in supination)
Gripping the sword with knuckles down and palm up, hand in quarta (fourth)
Italian term for the middle portion of a blade
A forward or backward diagonal side-stepping move employed with a parry, void, or passing attack
The waist (in fencing and modern Italian), its meaning has evolved over the last 500 years or so, it also can mean life, spirit, natural vigour, form, fashion, manner of living, stature or proportion om man or woman.