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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Fencing, Second Lesson

Last night we got to suit up!!!

First to go on is the plastron which is, basically, a half-jacket comprising of one sleeve. This goes over your attacking shoulder. Next is the jacket, usually a back-zip. Then you have the glove, mask, and foil.

We reviewed advance and retreat, lunge and recover. We learned parry four and parry seven which are defensive manuevers to protect your off-shoulder and off-hip. We even got to jab each other with the foils!! *squeals*

This is a video example of parry 4. Parry 7 is similar only that the blade is dropped a bit to protect the off-hip.

We were also informed at the end of class that we can stick around for another hour, if we wanted, for another hour to practice after class. I'll have to do that next week. I do know that my right thigh is going to be tender in the next few days as this is my lead leg and there's a lot of pressure on it as the video clip shows. But so far I'm really enjoying the class!

I'm just waiting until we get to discuss Cappofello, Bonnetti's Defense, and Hisangleeper.


Nadine Hightower said...

You're my hero.

Turf Dad said...

I think the guy in the video is "pre-pube."