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
From practice tonight. I didn’t really have a plan for this lesson, so it just kind of happened. After the first couple of actions I decided I wanted to work on attacks with advances and counter-disengagements.
In time, as the instructor invites in 3rd, straight thrust
In time, as the instructor invites in 3rd and retreats, straight thrust (advance lunge)
In time, as the instructor invites in 3rd and retreats, feint direct and disengagement with an advance
Same thing, instructor parries stops the final attack with a parry of 3rd, riposte by flanconade in 3rd, students defeats that with an imbrocatta (the counterattack, not the downward thrust)*
In time, as the instructor invites in 3rd and retreats, blade seizure in 4th and glide
Same thing but the instructor attempts to engage in 4th with a second retreat, students executes a counter-disengagement with a lunge
Same thing, but the student does the counter-disengagement with a passing step continuing past the instructor
Same thing, but now the student has a dagger and makes a second touch as they pass by the instructor
*4 There were actually a couple of variations on this theme, this ended up being the most common and was chosen by the student, not called by the instructor.