Lesson III

Get your students dressed and on the floor for warmups. Review last lesson's footwork and introduce the jump lunge or balestra. Although this a complex action, it leads to beginners starting to explore the explosiveness of the lunge. Review through line drill, 'direct attacks' (lunges).
Until now the focus has been on the offensive side of fencing. At this time, the defensive is introduced. I find it helpful to review the proper holding of the weapon. Sixth is hard to achieve if they clutch the weapon. Discuss parries and ripostes. Explain lines: 'high','low', 'inside', and'outside'. I generally ask if any one has looked at any fencing books or tried to understand action in written fiction. I use three crossed foils to demonstrate that lines are relative and not absolute as books seem to show. I also use a weapon held parallel to the floor to keep parry four level, not swinging down. This is a good time to expand on the conventions of right of way. Stress the need for continuity of the riposte over its immediacy. First, line drill parries, then ripostes.
This is the arch stone lesson. There is considerable theory and a lot of practice with footwork and bladework. A good explanation of right of way coupled with proper execution of the high parries opens the door for the sport to be practiced.
parry four
parry six
parries one thru four
parries five thru eight