Below are various ways a foe may try to unsettle Agrippa’s prima and the matching responses.
Mandritto – Option 1
Lower your point slightly without moving your arm. Aim for his right side, rotate your wrist and attack by stepping forward with the right foot.
Mandritto – Option 2
Catch the cut on the strong of the sword, as close to the hilt as possible. While taking a transverse step to the right, thrust in second to the chest.
Riverso – Option 1
Lower your point slightly without moving your arm. Aim for his left side, rotate your wrist and attack by stepping forward with the right foot.
Riverso – Option 2
Take a transverse step to the right to void the attack. While doing this, attack in fourth below the waist. (As always, the natural waist, not the hips.)
Guanto di Presa
If against a mailed glove, known as a Guanto di Presa or Gauntlet of Power, respond the same as for the first option under Riverso.
Shield, Buckler, Cape
These will be discussed later.
False Edge Constraint from the Outside
Press his point with your true edge and thrust from below in prima. Note that prima refers to the height of the hand, not necessary the orientation of the wrist.
Dodge or slip
Step wide to the right while throwing a thrust in a high fourth. As the blow lands, turn your body to void a possible counter-attack.
Close to Grapple
Same as a dodge or slip.
When he pulls back the arm, lower the arm into second to avoid the point. Then when he attacks, counter with opposition.
Cut to the Arm – Option 1
At the same time makes a cut, attack in fourth.
Cut to the Arm – Option 2
Lower your body, move your arm backwards, and lower the point while staying in first. His cut interrupted, counter with whatever cut seems appropriate.
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