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
A lesson I taught at practice yesterday. Part of the goal of the lesson was to introduce the passing step as described in plate 9 of Capoferro. To keep everything simple, I taught the lesson right handed.
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
Same thing, riposte with a lunge
Same as 4, riposte with a passing step
From the student’s engagement in 4th, time thrust in 3rd (hand in second)
From the student’s engagement in 4th, counterattack with a passing step, hand in 2nd
From the instructor’s invitation in 4th, three straight thrusts, end of lesson.