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
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.