La Canne Parries and Strikes Vocabulary

Parries

1.    Parries Guarding the Inside Line

a.   prime:  depending on how high you hold it, this parry can guard your leg, abdomen, or internal face

b.   quarte:  this parry protects your abdomen or your internal face

c.   septime:  a supinated parry guarding the inside line of the leg

 2.   Parries Guarding the Outside Line

a.   seconde:  depending on how high you hold it, this parry can guard your leg, abdomen, or external face

b.   tierce:  this parry protects your flank or your external face

c.   “seventh”:  hand directly over your shoulder with the cane nearly vertical, tip pointing downward, protecting the area behind the arm holding the cane (note:  we are using English to denominate this parry since it comes from sabre practice, even though we use septime elsewhere)

 3.   Parries Guarding the Crown

a.   quinte (keent):  hand around the top of your head and to the right, a little higher than the tip of the cane, thumb underneath:

b.   sixte:   hand around the top of your head and to the left (thus crossing your arm in front of you), a little higher than the tip of the cane, thumb underneath

Strikes

Strikes to the Crown

  • brisé (bwee-zay): a vertical strike to the crown delivered by an downward outside moulinet
  • croisé tête (kwahzaytet):  a vertical strike delivered to the opponent’s crown, executed by a rising moulinet from the inside line

 Strikes to the Face

  • lateral interior: a horizontal strike delivered to the opponent’s inside-line cheek
  • lateral exterior: a horizontal strike delivered to opponent’s outside-line cheek

Strikes to the Body

  • coup de flanc: a horizontal strike delivered to the opponent’s left flank
  • coup de ventre: a horizontal strike delivered to the opponent’s trunk on the inside line (basically, his abdominal area)

Strikes to the Lower Legs

  • croisé jambe (kwah-zayzhahmb): a horizontal strike delivered to the outside line of the opponent’s lead-leg tibia
  • enlevé (on-leh-vay):  a horizontal strike delivered to the  inside of the opponent’s lead-leg tibia

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