This discipline is art, and is not science, taking, however, the word “science” in its strictest sense, because it does not deal with things eternal, and divine, and that surpass the powers of human judgment, but rather it is art, not wrought, nor manual, but rather active, and serves very closely the civil science; because its effects pass together with its operation, in the manner of virtue, and having passed, they do not leave behind any kind of labor or of manufacture, as is common in the performance of the plebian and mechanical arts, all of which, although some of them are celebrated with the name of nobility, it surpasses and exceeds at great length. — Ridolfo CapoFerro
This is a lesson that I gave today to a new fencer who has been coming to our practice. This was his second rapier lesson. I taught the lesson right handed. The lesson was kind of a condensed version of the one I did with Dori today based off of Capoferro plate 7.
From the instructor’s invitation in 4th, straight thrust.
From the instructor’s engagement in 4th, disengagement.
From the student’s engagement in 4th, glide.
From the student’s engagement in 4th, simple parry of 3rd, riposte by glide.
From the student’s engagement in 4th, time thrust in 3rd.
From the student’s invitation in 3rd, blade seizure in 4th.
As the instructor attempts a blade seizure in 4th, disengagement in time.
From the student’s invitation in 3rd, blade seizure in 4th, instructor attempts a blade seizure in time, student responds with a time thrust in counter time.
Same action, but in time.
From the instructor’s invitation in 4th, three straight thrusts end of lesson.