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
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.