The crossing of the left foot toward the right side in performing an inquartata is worthless; it can make of itself a shortcoming, because it hinders the body and shortens the motion of the right arm in striking, with loss of tempo; the void of the right leg toward the left side of the adversary in order to perform an inquartata is equally a thing done by chance, and sooner serves for an amicable assault than for the trial or dispute. — 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.