This lesson covers the disengage.
The disengagement (cavazione) is a blade movement that is used to
detach your blade from the opposing blade. At this point in the
progression of instruction the disengage may be used to detach your
blade from your opponent's when they perform a blade seizure.
During this movement you will make a spiral action of your blade to
bring your point in line to the uncovered portion of your opponent's
target area. The action of the disengage must be made with the
fingers or the wrist. Never with the arm. This will enable
you to quickly take positional advantage or at a minimum come back to a
neutral on-guard position.
As a counter-attack action as the opponent makes a blade seizure, you
will perform the disengage with an extension of the arm and lunge
providing opposition to their sword to avoid a double-hit.
When performing the disengage the point of your sword should make an
arc big enough to avoid the opponent's weapon and
The disengage may also be used with feinting actions which will be
dicussed in a later lesson.