TOPICS OF INSTRUCTION -- Basic Class, Italian Traditions

The following is a list of the basic topics that will be covered in
the beginning lessons.

INTRODUCTION

Introduction to the use of the sidesword as taught by Achille Marozzo..

FOOTWORK

For footwork refer to the intro to rapier lessons.

Basic Wards/Guards

Marozzo taught 15 readily identifiable guards. These will be introduced
throughout the lessons.

ATTACKS

Cuts

Thrusts

DEFENCE

Dui Tempi Defence & Stesso Tempo Defence

NOTE -- This series of lessons assumes one formal lesson per week with
additional practices to hone skills. Each lesson will begin with stretching
and basic warmup. The classwork is divided into 4 sections. Single rapier
is covered in the basic lessons. Intermediate through advanced lessons
should include rapier & dagger and rapier & buckler.

1. Introduction

Talk about history. Go over the weapons and weapon combinations. Give an overview of the period masters. Show a few of the most used guards and general footwork.

2. On Guard Position

Introduce the Coda Lunga & Stretta and the Porta di Ferro & Stretta as the standard on guard and show the advance and retreat. Discuss the placement of the feet. Woodcuts from Marozzo may be used to illustrate

3. Teach the advance and retreat

4. Have students practice the advance and retreat.

1. Teach the pass forward and pass back.

2. Practice

1. Introduction

Discuss the benefits of the different types of guards. Introduce the traverse and circular movement.

2. Practice the four primary guards

The students take each guard position and move in that position with
straight, slope, traverse and passing paces.

1. Introduction

The students are introduced to sword. Define the parts of the sword. Allow the students to handle the weapons to check weight & balance.

2. Practice foot movement and guards from lessons one through three.

1. Introduction

The students are introduced to the eight principle cuts.

2. Practice movement and cuts.

1. Introduction

The students practice the cuts. The four positions (classical Italian) of the hand are discussed.

2. Practice

1. Introduction

The thrust is added to the student's repertoire of simple attacks.

2. Practice. The students will attack target by simple extension, extension
with a step and with a pass.

1. Introduction

Proper technique is covered. The topic of distance is discussed.

2. Practice

1. Introduction.

The use of the blade and off-hand for defense is discussed. The protective equipment is shown and explained to the students. All further practice between students or student and instructor will be with protective equipment worn. Introduce the salute and proper fencing etiquette.

2. Practice the use of the sword for parrying thrusts.

1. Practice movement, attacks and defense. Use line drills and individual
lessons to illustrate the points.

2. Have the more advanced students attack the beginning students so
they may practice their defense.

1. Have the students take part in line drills. Watch for proper execution
of attacks and defense. Correct any deficiencies in the students' technique.

2. General practice.

1. Instruct in the use of this series.

2. Practice the cuts.

1. Introduce false edge cuts.

2. Use line drills and individual instruction to practice parrying
the various cuts.

1. Talk about the incartata, the volte, slips, etc. Have the students
practice these foot movements.

2. Practice using these movements while defending from thrusts and
cuts.

1. Review the techniques learned in the prior lesson.

2. Practice.

- Name a fencing master who taught before 1550. What style of fencing did he teach?
- Name three types of cuts.
- What is the primary difference between the porta di ferro and the coda lunga?
- What is the pass?
- Explain distance.
- What are the parts of the sword?
- What is the difference between the true and false edge?
- What is the difference between a slope and a traverse pace?

- What guards are used to protect against cuts to the head and shoulders.?
- What are the four principal positions of the hand?
- What is dui tempi defense?
- Why would the guardia di fianco be used?
- Explain the montante cut.