Chapter 6: On Positions of the Sword Arm

Comment/interpretation:

Positions of the sword arm’, is a description of the Spanish ‘rectitudines’. Chapter V! describes how the sword arm can be held to cover different lines.

Translation:

There are six positions of the sword arm. These describe how a fencer can hold his sword arm, while fencer should make when waiting for his adversary. The first one is with the arm raised as high as possible. The second is with arm and sword pointing to the ground. Third is with arm and sword fully extended to the right and held parallel to the ground. Fourth is with the arm and sword fully extended and pointing to the left and also parallel to the ground. Fifth is the arm pointing backwards and finally, the sixth when the arm and sword are held straight forward in a straight line away from the fencer, again, in parallel with the ground. Both the theoretical and practical names for these positions are the same: high, low, outside, inside, rear and forwards.

Original Text:

CAPlTULO  VI.

Las ‘rutitudine, generales 90n seis: estas son el extre• mo de los  movirnientos  6  posturas  en   que  el diestro   se puede :poner o afirmar  para  esperar  a su  contrario en ba­talla. Su formadon  es c.omo  5jgue :.levantando el brazo y arma a su mayor altura : baxandola todo lo que sea  posi­ble , mirando la punta al suelo : llevandola al Jado dere­ cho horizontal , y al ]ado izquierdo tambien horizontal: retirando el brazo hacia atras quanta se pueda : estirandolehacia adelante , corno si fuese  a formar  linea  recta. Los nombres para su direccion de cada una I asi en la teorica, CQffiQ en la practica 50fl ; al/a t ba;ra j de afurr4 tro, de atras y de tidrlantr.

 

 

 

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