Rapier Lesson July 8, 2009

by Kevin | July 17th, 2009

This isĀ  is a lesson with my regular rapier student. We’ve been trying to clean up his form and start working towards actually fencing. To this end, I’ve been stressing choice drills with mobility to better prepare him for actually fencing. Further, he’s stopped growing as much recently, so his body control is getting better. Today, we mirrored the standard italian counter-attack tree between single sword and dagger.

  1. From instructor’s inviation in fourth, straight thrust with lunge
  2. From instructor’s invitation in fourth, gain in fourth, straight thrust
  3. From instructor’s invitation in fourth, gain in fourth, disengagment
  4. From instructor’s invitation in fourth, gain in fourth, with instructor’s choice between straight thrust and disengagement
  5. From instructor’s invitation in fourth, gain in fourth, time thrust on the inside line
  6. From instructor’s invitation in fourth, gain in fourth, time thrust on the outside line
  7. From instructor’s invitation in fourth, gain in fourth, instructor’s choice between straight thrust, disengagment, and both time thrusts
  8. As above with mobility
  9. With dagger, from instructor’s invitation in fourth, straight thrust with lunge and closure to the inside high line
  10. With dagger, from instructor’s invitation in fourth, disengagment and closure to the outside high line
  11. With dagger, from instructor’s invitation in fourth, gain in fourth, time thrust to inside line with closure to the high inside line
  12. With dagger, from instructor’s invitation in fourth, gain in fourth, time thrust to outside line with closure to the high outside line
  13. With dagger, from instructor’s invitation in fourth, gain in fourth, instructor’s choice between 10-13
  14. As above with mobility
  15. Three straight thrusts

Comments: His knee still tends to slip inside on his lunge, and he’s still a little tentative.

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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.

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