Marozzo's Progression

Marozzo provides a progression that may be used to practice the various guards and some attacks.  The following is a list of the progressions and how to move from one to the next.  Note, that in the illustrations not only are bucklers used but also capes and daggers as well as the single sword alone.
 

Guardia di Coda Lunga E Stretta

Start in this guard with the buckler held out in front of the body with the arm extended.  Attack with a mandritta squalenbratto and pass the left foot forward.


Cinghiara Porta di Ferro Stretta

In this guard the buckler should be close to the body and high.  Attack with a falso manco and pass the right foot forward.

Guardia Alta

The buckler should be out in front of the body with the arm extended.  Pass the left foot forward and cut downwards with the sword.

Guardia di Coda Lunga e Alta

The buckler should still be extended.  Attack with a mandritta fendente and pass the right foot forward.

Porta di Ferro Stretta overo Larga

Pass the left foot forward and extend the sword out behind the body.

Guardia di Coda Lunga e Distesa

Pass the right foot forward and make an oblique upwards cut with the false edge of the blade.

Guardia di Testa

Pass the left foot forward and attack with a punta riversa.

Guardia d'Intrare

Pass the right foot forward and attack with a roversa squalembratto.

Guardia di Coda Lunga e Larga

Pass the left foot forward and raise the sword.

Becca Possa

Pass the right foot forward and attack with a point thrust (palm should be up).

Guardia di Faccia

Pass back two steps and raise sword.

Becca Cesa

This is the final position.