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
This is a group lesson that we did at practice yesterday. The goal of the lesson was to look at a couple of options for dealing with attacks to the low line – specically, the scannatura as described in plate 13 of Capoferro.
From the instructor’s invitation in 3rd, straight thrust
From the instructor’s engagement in 3rd, disengagement
From the student’s engagement in 3rd, glide
From the student’s invitation in 3rd, arrest to the arm with a reassemblement (as described in CF plate 8 )
From the student’s invitation in 3rd, simple parry of 2nd riposte by glide
From the student’s invitation in 3rd, simple parry of 2nd riposte by glide with a passing step
From the student’s invitation in 3rd, counterattack in 2nd with a passing step
From the instructor’s invitation in 3rd, three straight thrusts end of lesson.