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 the instructor’s engagement in fourth, disengagement (hand in second position) from the guard
In time, as the instructor attempts to engage in fourth, disengagement from the guard
In time, as the instructor attempts to engage in fourth, disengagement with a lunge
From the student’s invitation in third, as the instructor attacks the leg, counterattack with a thrust to the face with a reassemblement, hand in second position.
In time, as the instructor attempts to engage in fourth, disengagement with a lunge, student recovers back to guard, instructor attacks the leg, student counterattacks to the face with a reassemblement.
From the student’s engagement in third, simple parry of fourth, riposte by glide
Fencers alternate attacking with advance lunges, while the opponent uses distance and timing to make the attack fall short
Fencer makes an attack to the foot, the opponent counterattacks with a reassemblement
Fencer makes either an attack to the foot, or an attack to the body, opponent either counterattacks with a reassemblement or parries and ripostes.