The art of fencing is most ancient, and was discovered in the times of Nino, King of the Assyrians, who, through use of the advantage of arms, was made monarch and patron of the world; from the Assyrians the monarchy passed to the Persians; the praise of this practice, through the valor of Ciro, from the Persians, came to the Macedonians, from these to the Greeks, from the Greeks it was fixed in the Romans, who (as testifies Vegetius) brought to the field masters of fencing, whom they named “Campi ductores, vel doctores” which is to say, guides, or masters of the field, and these taught the soldiers the strikes of the thrust and the cut against a pole. — Ridolfo CapoFerro
This is a lesson that I did for Dori at practice today.
From the invitation in 3rd, straight thrust, closure with the dagger in low fouth
From the engagement in 3rd, disengagement
Same thing, but instructor parries low 4th with the dagger. After trying a couple of different options, we ended with Dori passing forward and doing a glide with the dagger.
From the engagement in 3rd, glide
From the invitation to the inside high line, parry 4th with the dagger riposte in 3rd hand position with the sword
Same thing. instructor counter parries the riposte with the dagger in low 4th. Second touch with the dagger by glide while passing forward.
Same thing. instructor may or may not do the counter parry. Either way, student recovers forward to make the second touch with the dagger
In time, attempt a blade seizure in 3rd, instructor disengages, switch to a blade seizure in 3rd with the dagger and pass to the outside low line.
Same thing, second touch with dagger
Same thing, but the instructor parries low 4th. to block the first touch. We played around with it a bit and found that while I couldn’t get in a good touch with my rapier at this point, I could pretty easily get a touch with my dagger as she was passing in. We ended up settling on having her do a transport to 1st with the dagger during the touch which blocked my dagger sufficiently. The dagger touch ended up in about the same place the first hit did but arrived after my dagger parry.
From the invitation in 3rd, three straight thrusts, end of lesson.
For action 10, we came back and tried it from a same handed perspective. If I block her attack with my dagger in low 4th, the transport doesn’t really make sense and it’s easier for her to just make the dagger touch on a glide. However, if do a dagger parry of second the transport worked pretty well.