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Rapier: Cutting Attacks & Defenses

Lessons 1 & 2: Though the rapier functions best as a thrusting weapon it can be an effective cutting as well when wielded with sufficient force and the proper mechanic. This month we focus on the mechanics of cutting and the right contexts in which to employ the cut.

Lessons 3 & 4: The cut can be a powerful tool for gaining control of an opponent's weapon. The half cut can be used to beat the sword aside and leave the opponent open to a thrust, the full cut can be used to clear the weapon completely and allow you to pass in past its deadly point and deliver a deadly cut to the opponent. This week we explore both possibilities.

Lessons 5 & 6: This week we are using the cut as a means to escape from positions where the opponent has found or gained your sword. We will explore half cuts, full cuts, and a type of sword displacing action called a 'beat'.

Lessons 7 & 8: In the next two classes we are looking at how to counter the oncoming cut of an opponent in three ways: 1. As the cut is prepared (in mezzo tempo), 2. As the cut falls (contra-tempo), and 3. After the cut passes and the opponent attempts to bring their weapon back on-line (dui-tempi).


Prerequisite: Rapier Fundamentals
Related: Sidesword Mechanics & Cutting

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