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Training Diary Lesson Four, October 6, 2009

October 6th, 2009 | No Comments

Having visited all the dagger lines, we started in on the meat of the material. We are starting with finding the sword with the dagger at the beginning of the action. Further, all dagger counter parry actions are done at the master’s choice, such that any one of the reposts (or initial attack), will succeed. [...]

Training Diary Lesson Three, October 2, 2009

October 6th, 2009 | No Comments

This lesson was considerably more difficult than the previous lessons. Some of the dagger actions were especially challenging, and we canned a few actions after trying them. Note to self, eat dinner before lesson. I was crabby and tired, which didn’t help much. From Master’s invitation on the inside line, straight thrust. In time, when [...]

Training Diary Lesson Two, September 29, 2009

October 2nd, 2009 | No Comments

This is my second lesson with Puck. This time, we actually made it through to a full hour lesson. We continued our work with the dagger oppositions and added passing steps to the end of attacks. That is, making Capoferro’s passata sotto, and subsequent low running attack part of the lesson. I’ll try and get video of exactly what we mean by that later.

We also introduce dagger parry notation here. The dagger parries are notated as if the dagger was another sword held in the left hand. Therefore assuming a right handed fencer: Parry 1 defends the fencer’s low outside; parry 2, the low inside; 3, the high inside; and 4, the high outside.

Further, dagger “parries” as we are doing them are done in single tempo, we thought that this was better than saying “dagger counterattack in 3rd”. Dagger counterparries are done in dui tempi of course.

Rapier Lesson September 29, 2009

October 2nd, 2009 | No Comments

This week my student and I continued the theme from last week, and switched lines in the decision tree. He’s also going to be authorizing in the SCA on Saturday, so we left out the cut in favor of an arrest to head or arm. From Instructor’s invitation on the inside line, straight thrust to [...]

Rapier Lesson September 25, 2009

September 25th, 2009 | 2 Comments

For the next month, I’m going to be traning pretty heavily for the Prima Spada of Cynagua tournament, on November 1st. On the conditioning side, I’m going to be roller blading to work and back for the rest of the time I’m at my job (about 20 minutes), and after that at least a 20 [...]

Rapier lesson September 22, 2009

September 25th, 2009 | No Comments

Continuing the theme from WMAW and on David’s Blog, we started moving into tactical actions more thouroughly this week. I’m trying to build up a series of tactical trees, each starting from a different initial position (in this case, from finding the sword on the outside). As these lessons progress, we will move into more complicated action sequences with greater depth.

Foil Lesson July 17, 2009

July 19th, 2009 | 1 Comment

This lesson was given to a younger foil student who I am preparing for competition this fall. He’s been away for a year, and I am trying to get him reaquanted, and to review some basic concepts. We are going to be moving very quickly into choice and mobility actions.

Epee Lesson July 19, 2009

July 19th, 2009 | No Comments

This lesson was given to an advanced epee student the week after he returned from nationals. His arm was slightly tweaked from fencing earlier in the week, so we avoided stop thrusts and other high impact attacks. Instead we focused on the feint patterns. We also worked on the fleche from the lunge, spending almost a third of the lesson working on this action. We noted that Nat Burke (one of our resident Bs, and former A), used this action as a crutch when he first returned to fencing. He uses it more sparingly now, but it is quite effective. Generating power from a lunge position is very difficult, and getting the requisite explosiveness is a problem. Further, we noted that the action is easier if 1) the lunge is not stopped but just continued (making this a primary intent action only), or if 2) the initial lunge is a demi-lunge to threaten (but not hit) the advanced target.

Rapier Lesson July 15, 2009

July 17th, 2009 | No Comments

This is a reprise of the lesson from July 8 on the outside line. Attacks to the outside line don’t close necessarily here, ala Fabris. am having him work with counterattacks that close the outside line, however. We also started introducing dagger only parries, something he will need if he starts fencing in the SCA…

Rapier Lesson July 10, 2009

July 17th, 2009 | No Comments

Continuing the choice drill theme, this lesson we worked on the outside gains this time. To make the action more interesting we added the scannatura as a counterattack action on the disengagment. This action seemed to be very nice from the lefty perspective, and we talked about modifying the action for SCA fencing.

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I am a fencing coach at Davis Fencing Academy, the Epee coach for the UC Davis Fencing Club, and an historical fencer. I hold a Provost at Arms certificate from the San Jose State Fencing Masters Program.

This blog contains my musings on historical fencing, and a record of private lessons given to my students.

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