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 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