Study of strikes and poste within distance with longsword
A sample drill
So often while in distance, with swords being thrown about and feeling as if in the middle of chaos, fighters frequently loose track or become confused as to what to do next, in particular, when exchanges are occuring in real time. This drill is a contrivance of a couple of Fiore's poste and the deliveries of fendente from a couple of poste included in this drill, essentially, Liberi's 1st and 2nd plays of gioco largo and Vadi's half sword/crossing of the swords. It is thought that this might enhance one's reaction time, and become familiar with the various poste and their appropriate deployment in real time.
Drills are merely "tools" used to highlight certain attributes of historical fencing, and therefore, usually are quite simple in their execution. The intent is to focus on one or two aspects, and therefore, may appear to be a contrived scenario, but for the sake of working on one or two aspects, drills such as this are useful.
Becoming comfortable with striking and parrying within distance is an important element of fencing, because so often, the bouts take both combatants into distance, and this drill's intent is to reduce the "brawl" which often appear to materialize in close exchanges. When combatants remain "in form", in other words, retain the Fiore system, the bouts usually will demonstrate better form and function, despite the speed and closeness with respect to distance.