They who like the guards, and counterguards, and stringering here, there, above, and below, the feints, and counterfeints, the diagonal paces, the voids of the legs, and the crossings, necessarily form and move their bodies in many strange ways; which, as things done by chance and that were founded in no reasons that were sound and true, we will leave to their authors. — Ridolfo CapoFerro
This is from an individual lesson I gave in rapier yesterday. For anyone who has been following Puck’s blog, the last couple of actions may look familiar.
From the instructor’s invitation in 3rd, straight thrust
In time, as the instructor invites in 3rd, straight thrust
In time, as the instructor attempts to engage in third, straight thrust
In time, as the instructor places the blade in line, engage in 3rd and glide
From the student’s engagement in 4th, parry 3rd, riposte by glide
From the student’s engagement in 4th, time thrust in 3rd
From the student’s engagement in 4th, time thrust in 3rd with a passing step.
From the student’s engagement in 4th, parry third with a passing step, using the offhand to press down on the student’s sword to provide extra leverage. The hit should be to the throat with the hand low and in third position
In time, blade seizure in 3rd and glide
Same as 9, but the instructor has the option of attacking into the closed line. The student should simple extend the arm, keeping the closure that they already have and hit without lunging.
Same thing, but the instructor the instructor may also attack with a disengagement in time during the tempo of the blade seizure. If he instructor attacks with the proper closure, the student should respond with a counterattack in countertime. If the instructor attacks without the proper closure (hand in 2nd) the student should respond with a parry and riposte in countertime.