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Fabris Lesson Plan for Plate 3 & Chapter 3/4

Review the first guard. Discuss the divisions of the sword. Focus on the specifics that Fabris offers. (Maybe compare & contrast with other systems.) Discuss the features of the withdrawn seconda (plate 3). [students assume the posture, practice walking as … Continue reading

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Fabris Lesson Plan for Plate 2

Recap why Fabris doesn’t like the withdrawn prima. Discuss the physical differences between the properly formed prima and the withdrawn prima. [students form the posture] Discuss the concept of safety being measured by the distance between your opponent’s sword and … Continue reading

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Fabris and the Paradox of the Step

The master dall’Agocchie famously wrote about about the five tempi for attack. The last concerns movement of the foot, The fifth and last, when the enemy is fixed in guard, and he raises or moves his forward foot in order … Continue reading

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Fabris Lesson Plan for Plate 1

Brief introduction to the rapier itself and its parts. Terminology: The four hand positions in Italian rapier (one, two, three, four). Their introduction by Agrippa. The difference between one, the hand position, and first/prima the guard. [students demonstrate the four … Continue reading

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Fabris – Plate 2: The Extended Prima

The extended Prima is what Fabris refers to as the “properly formed” version of the guard. Guard Analysis The width of the stance is narrow (left) or crossed (right) The length of the stance close, approximately half a foot-length apart … Continue reading

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Fabris – Plate 1: The Withdrawn Prima

The first plate shows what I’ll call the “Withdrawn Prima”. Fabris doesn’t like this posture, but does discuss its merits and flaws before introducing his preferred posture which we’ll call the “Extended Prima”. Guard Analysis The width of the stance … Continue reading

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L’Ange Rapier – Chapter 8 Parry and Riposte with High Secunda

A common trait of a bad fencer, especially in the SCA where cuts aren’t allowed, is the high parry. This is where one drives both swords up high such that short of breaking measure there is no viable recourse other … Continue reading

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L’Ange Rapier – Chapter 8 Parry and Riposte in Secunda

The setup for the next exercise has both fencers in Secunda. As your opponent thrusts, you’ll trace a counter-clockwise circle with your point such that you push his blade to your outside with the true edge. From here you may … Continue reading

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L’Ange Rapier – Chapter 8 Parry and Riposte in Tertia, Part 3

The third variant for the parry of Tertia is a bit unclear. As best as I can tell, you parry just like we did in part 1. But instead of riposting over the arm in Tertia, you riposte under the … Continue reading

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L’Ange Rapier – Chapter 8 Parry and Riposte in Tertia, Part 2

Rather than parrying the thrust in Tertia, you can counter it before it even begins. As he is gaining your sword, our “strong constraint”, disengage under his blade to the inside. Then immediately gain his blade in Quarta and thrust … Continue reading

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