Random Actions from Fencing Master’s Exams

by Kevin | May 11th, 2010

These are most of the random actions asked of Provost candidates David Coblenz and David Cogley at the May 8, 2010 Fencing Masters Program exams. Where possible I have included both the called action and the action as it was taught. I’ve also tried to include the Maestro who asked for each action. These are based on some (almost) illegible notes, so they may be incorrect in places.

Foil Actions

David Coblentz

  • (Maestro Curtis) Teach your student the first half of plate 7 of Capoferro
  1. From instructor’s invitation in 3rd, straight thrust
  2. As instructor attempts blade seizure of 4th, disengagement
  3. From instructor’s point in line, student attempts blade seizure in 4th, instructor attempts a disengagement in time.  Student timethrusts in 3rd.
  • (Maestro Sahm) Now defeat that counteroffensivly.

David Cogley

  • (Maestro Curtis) Teach your student Blade Cover
  • From student’s invitation in 3rd Blade Cover, straight thrust.

  • Add to that second form of the renewed attack
  • From student’s invitation in 3rd Blade Cover, straight thrust. Instructor parries 4th and holds, student executes second form of the renewed attack,  with a feint by disengagement and disengagement.

  • Add to the first action a counterparry of 3rd
  • From student’s invitation in 3rd Blade Cover, straight thrust. Instructor parries 3rd, counterparry circular 3rd.

  • Add to the first action a timethrust in 3rd
  • From student’s invitation in 3rd Blade Cover, straight thrust. Instructor parries 4th, timethrust in 3rd.

  • Add to that a timethrust in countertime
  • From student’s invitation in 3rd, Blade Cover,  instructor disengages in time, student timethrusts in countertime.

Sabre Actions

David Coblentz

  • (Maestro Curtis) From your student’s engagement in 4th teach them a glide
  • From Student’s invitation in 4th change of engagement to 3rd and glide

  • Add to that a counterparry of 5th to the flank.
  • From Student’s invitation in 4th change of engagement to 3rd and glide. Instructor performs ceeding parry of 1st and reposts by curcular cut the head. Student counterparries 5th, and reposts flank.

  • Stop cut to the wrist with a cross step back, Parry 5th to the flank.  (done serially)

David Cogley

  • Beat in 4th with a ballestra to the outside cheek  (in time)
  • From engagement in second glide
  • Add to that parry 5th flank,  5th abdomen
  • Add to that another parry 5th flank, 5th abdomen
  • (Maestro Curtis) Teach your student the inquartata in countertime ending with a cut
  • From student’s invitation in 3rd, blade seizure of 3rd, inquartata with a cut the left cheek

Epee Actions

David Coblentz

  • Teach a three touch action that hits the wrist, arm and body.
  • As instructor attempts blade seizure in 4th, disengagement to the wrist. As instructor attempts blade seizure in 3rd, disengagement to the elbow. Blade seizure of 3rd and glide to the body.

  • (Maestro Curtis) Feint direct and disengagement to the crook of the Arm, angulation the the bottom of the arm, reassemblement to the face.
  • Beat in 4th direct to the arm. Recover back to guard. Simple parry of 3rd, repost arm.

David Cogley

  • (Maestro Curtis) Feint direct and decieve to the crook of the arm, angulation to the bottom of the arm, reassemblement to the face.
  • (Maestra Sahm) Add to that recovery back, simple parry of 2nd, circular parry of 2nd, transport to 4th and flanconade in 4th, second intention indirect.
  • (Maestra Sahm) Add to that the second form of the renewed attack with a 1, 2 to the crook of the arm.

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