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
We had a new fencer come out to practice today. He’s done a little bit of work in the past with I33, German longsword as well as several years of SCA heavy fighting. Here’s what we went through today:
We started by going over the stance, basic footwork and the lunge. We practiced the footwork for a few minutes and then went on to cover the sword, basic hand positions, guards and parries. Then I had him put on a mask and we did the following lesson.
From the invitation in 3rd, straight thrust
From the invitation in 4th, straight thrust
From the engagement in 4th, straight thrust (we skipped disengagements)
From the engagement in 3rd, straight thrust
From the invitation in 3rd, parry 4th, riposte by glide
From the invitation in 4th, parry 3rd, riposte by glide
From the invitation in 3rd, time thrust in 4th.
From the invitation in 4th, time thrust in 3rd.
From the invitation in 3rd, three straight thrusts end of lesson.