One of the reasons that I haven’t posted many lessons up here lately is that I’ve been focusing a lot lately on my classical fencing. One of the others is that most of the rapier lessons that I’ve been giving have been fairly simple – at least in terms of the number of actions. Lately, I’ve been working more on perfecting speed, timing and timing during the lessons, throwing in tactical actions as they seem appropriate. I think that the results are good, but it does leave me with less to write about.
I did give a rapier lesson the other day that I thought was pretty fun, so I decided to share it. I did this with my wife Dori, who was preparing to participate in an upcoming rapier tournament.
- From the instructor’s invitation in third, straight thrust
- In time, as the instructor invites in third, straight thrust
- In time as the instructor attempts to engage in fourth, disengagement
- In time, as the instructor attempts to engage in fourth, feint by disengagement and disengagement
- Same thing, but with an advance
- Same thing, but the instructor may attempt to counterattack
- In time, as the instructor attempts a blade seizure in fourth, disengagement in time
- Either 5 or 7, based on whether the instructor just attempts to engage the weapon, or to a blade seizure
- Same as 8, but with the option of counterattacking against the student’s feint
- With mobility
- From the instructor’s engagement in third, three straight thrusts, end of lesson.
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