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
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.