They who like the guards, and counterguards, and stringering here, there, above, and below, the feints, and counterfeints, the diagonal paces, the voids of the legs, and the crossings, necessarily form and move their bodies in many strange ways; which, as things done by chance and that were founded in no reasons that were sound and true, we will leave to their authors. — Ridolfo CapoFerro
This is a lesson that I did a practice last week. The goal for the lesson, rather than to work on techniques was to focus more on timing and speed, which is why the lesson itself is so short. For the actions that are on the student’s initiative, the instructor has the option to try to parry them – if the timing or the distance is not correct for the student, they will have a hard time making the hit.
In time, as the instructor invites in 3rd, straight thrust
On the student’s initiative, straight thrust.
In time, blade seizure in 4th and glide
In time, blade seizure in 4th, disengage
Instructor’s choice between 2 and 3.
On the student’s initiative, three straight thrusts