Single Sword from Giacomo di Grassi Made Simple
Establish measure: Extend your arm with body profiled, so that you and your partner’s points stand next to each other’s hilts. Take a half step forward, sink into the Guardia Bassa depicted in this plate from Saviolo, with your swords crossed at the middle of their blades. Do this every time before working an element so that you are definitely at correct distance, especially if you don’t have much martial arts experience.
For space saving, the actions are under the cut. The idea is to build on each action from the crossing, so anyone can pick this up as long as they have a training partner and a sword like object that can take shock and has a crossguard. This is how I’m going to be teaching di Grassi’s single sword from now on, and figured other people could use the curriculum. Do a minimum of 25 repetitions apiece for each of the italicized elements. Then do slow freeplay, trying to make each element work in rhythm with free movement. Then spar! (With protective gear of course!)