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
First class from the second session of the Decatur School of Arms
Invitations of third and fourth
From the invitation in fourth, straight thrust (hand in second position) from the guard
From the invitation in fourth, straight thrust with a lunge
From the invitation in third, straight thrust (hand in fourth position) from the guard
From the invitation in third, straight thrust with a lunge
Students maintains lunging distance while the opponent engages in fourth and makes a series of advances and retreats. As soon as the opponent opens to an invitation in third the student makes a straight thrust in time.