Agrippa notes that some masters encourage that one should bend the arm when in what he calls Prima. He is very much against this for a number of reasons:
- The straight line is longer and quicker
- With the arm extended, your defense is with the stronger back half of the blade
- With the arm bent, your defense must be made with the weaker half of the blade
- Your arm and sword will be strong enough to withstand a blow, allowing you to defend and attack at the same time.
Nor does Agrippa like taking a wide stance while in Prima.
- By taking a narrow stance, your body will be a 1/4 or 1/2 step further away
- You can step forward or back without moving the left foot, running back, or sliding back
- You can avoid an attack without having to parry