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Tonight we reviewed plate 7 and began working on plate 16 of Capoferro.

Plate 16 includes a beat, which was new for my students. I got them to practice just that action many times to get it right.

The Capoferro plays include two levels of complexity to which it is easy to add two more levels of simplicity. Basically, agent stringeres and lunges.

The new thing tonight was alternating between two levels of complexity of the one drill. This teaches what the cues that set off each attack are.

Alternating drill plate 7

  1. agent gains the sword to the inside and enters measure.
  2. patient disengages to gain the blade and lunge.
  3. agent turns the hand to second and lunges in countertime.
  4. reset.
  5. agent gains the sword to the inside and enters measure.
  6. patient disengages to gain the blade without committing the body.
  7. agent turns the hand to second and lunges.
  8. patient parries in second then thrusts in first to the chest.

The repetition of the two variations encourage the agent to attack with intent and the patient do the drill correctly or get hit.

We ran out of time for bouting tonight; next week we will prioritise 45 minutes of free play.

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