The guard is a position of the arm and of the sword extended in a straight line in the middle of the offendable parts, with the body well accommodated in its ordinary pace in order to hold the enemy at a distance, from any offense, and in order to offend him in case he approaches to endanger you. — 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.