Lesson Plan: Basics from Meyer. Attack and defence against high, middle and low line. Identifying attacks and presenting the right defence from limited options. Recovering and blade feel.
Review: Attack (lunge) and defence (parry) to lower, middle and upper body.
Exercise 1: With masks. A approaches B and makes lunge to face then body and then thigh so that B can practice appropriate defence. Then A makes three attacks to whichever (vertical) opening they like. B must perform appropriate parry. Do inside then outside lines. A has a choice of three attacks, B three parries.
Review: Ripostes to the above attacks: Gemechtstich, Thrust from Eisenport, Thrust from Ochs.
Exercise 2: With masks. As in 1, but now B follows up parry with riposte. A lies spent, so B can succeed in counter attack. B should omit one defence, to test that A's attack would have landed.
Exercise 3: As in 2, but now A recovers after lunge attempting to avoid B's riposte.
Discussion and demonstration: Regaining blade dominance.
Exercise 4: With masks. A lunges at B. B parries and ripostes. A must defend themselves without moving their front foot (it is remains planted after their lunge). A may step sideways with back foot.
Discussion and demonstration: Winding long edge against opponent's weapon in thrust from Ochs. If opponent doesn't react to a threatened thrust from Ochs, then just thrust as before; else seek to maintain dominance during thrust, staying on their blade as they attempt to parry or disengage.
Exercise 5: As 4, but B attempts to foil A's defence by winding long edge.
A small amount of free sparring.
A few fancy bits: Slicing by cutting from Ochs to Olber. A disarm.