Found a few minutes to write something on these experiments on my blog. Trying to get an impression of what a medieval Englishman actually drank has turned out to be a great project.
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While regular classes are on hiatas over the summer, we're not going to seed. Matt, David, Chantelle and I got together for some sparring practice on Wednesday, on the spacious lawn outside Chantelle's studio. We just played "King of the hill" for about 90 minutes, which worked out really well for the four of us: we cycled through quite quickly, so everyone got plenty of fencing, and the mix of abilities was such that everyone spent some time staying in.
Matthew continued teaching Spanish rapier from the work of Puck and Mary Curtis.
Lesson 2 on Spanish rapier as taught by Matt.
Lesson 1 on Spanish rapier taught by Matt based on the scholarship of Puck and Mary Curtis. This is derived from 16th and 17th century works by Carranza, Pacheco and Ettenhard.
David fought left-handed, Patrick got hit a lot, Patch provided commentary in between reading Giganti (to see how it's supposed to be done). All were entertained.
A session on "The Rose". We welcomed a new fencer, Sam, who after a few minutes tuition was thrown into the Pit of Reconstruction.
Devices from Langort (Longpoint): We looked at some of these briefly last week. As well as completing this section, I wanted to revisit the Rose. Remember that these proceed from the bind.
Some longsword devices from Meyer, several featuring "the Rose".
Device from Nebenhut (Side guard), in this case on the right: If your opponent cuts at your opening..., then spring out with right foot to his left and cut with crossed hands above and behind his blade at his head.
Warmup: Meyer's six cuts example from the treatise on the Dusack. With longsword you end on the same foot that you started, so this passage can be mirrored on the other side.
A selection of Meyer's devices from the postures.