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Rapier: Receiving the Opponent

Lessons 1 & 2: At the beginning of our modules on approaching and receiving we like to get back to the basics of distance and movement. We look first at mechanics of movement then at the 5 measures and how to judge and exploit them.

Lessons 3 & 4: Gaining the sword is one of the most important skills a fencer must possess, and these lessons we look at it from the perspective of the receiver. We'll use the extended guards of seconda and quarta to defend ourselves against attacks. Then we explore Primo Tempo in detail, discovering ways to strike our opponent as they step to measure.

Lessons 5 & 6: We first look at how to defend ourselves from attacks using the principles of finding and gaining. We then look at how to take control of a situation as the opponent approaches and maintain control of the fight as they attempt to find their way out of the trap.

Lessons 7 & 8: It's not enough to assume we can always control a sword fight. Recovering control is a subtle art and we'll explore several options to keep your opponent guessing while you get back on top of the game. We'll finish off with a recap of many plays of The True Fight that can be executed all while having the opponent approach us and become entrapped.


Prerequisite: Rapier Fundamentals
Related: Approaching the Opponent

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