The Lines

on December 16, 2011 in Destreza Theory

Lines

Within La Verdadera Destreza the lines an attack may travel are codified by the position of the blade.

  • High Line (Rectitud Alta):  The region of space above the weapon is described as the high line.
  • Low Line (Rectitud Baja):  The region of space below the weapon is described as the low line.
  • Inside Line (Parte de Adentro): For a right-handed swordsman the inside line will be the region of space to the left of the weapon.  For a left-handed swordsman the inside line will be the region of space to the right of the weapon.  (The inside line is typically on the same side of the weapon as the swordsman’s chest, abdomen, and groin.)
  • Outside Line (Parte de Afuera):  For a right-handed swordsman the outside line will be the region of space to the right of the weapon.  For a left-handed swordsman the outside line will be the region of space to the left of the weapon.  (The outside line is typically on the same side of the weapon as the swordsman’s back, flank, and buttocks.)

Kevin Demonstrates the Lines (Front View)

 

In addition the Spanish define lines before and behind the swordsman’s lead shoulder.

 

  • Forward Line (Rectitud de Adelante):  The region of space in front of the swordsman’s weapon shoulder or sometimes anything in front of the swordsman.
  • Rear Line (Rectitud de Atrás):  The region of space behind the swordsman’s weapon shoulder or sometimes anything behind the swordsman. 

Kevin Demonstrates the Lines (Side View)

 

The authors may also refer to the left or right lines which will be specific to each swordsman.  These lines often describe target areas on the body.  The adversary may attack my flank on my right line while I could attack his chest on his left line.

  • Left Line (Rectitud del Lado Izquierdo):  The left side of the swordsman with respect to his body.  For example the chest, left cheek, and abdomen all exist in the adversary’s left line assuming he is right-handed.
  • Right Line (Rectitud del Lado Derecho):  The right side of the swordsman with respect to his body.  For example the back, right cheek, and flank all exist on the adversary’s right line assuming he is right-handed.

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