Welcome to the first full week of August. Our Blue Cord and Red Cord curriculum works on a 9 month rotation and we're back to month 1. In both our calendars this is a month on fundamental rapier. For Reds (level 3) we're working on plays in various tempos and how to counter them. For Blues (level 2) we're working on the nuances of the true fight (the strategy where you are always constraining your opponent's sword) and the deceptive fight (where you are using a false movement to lure your opponent out of position). Greens (level 1) are working on fundamental cutting techniques with the rapier.
A provocation is an attacking, inviting, or constraining action used to prompt the opponent into a predictable motion that can be exploited. In these first two classes we look at the opportunity to strike as an opponent steps into range and then how we can use the idea of stepping ot range to prompt the opponent into an attack that can be exploited.
Green Cord (Level 1)
Though the rapier functions best as a thrusting weapon it can be an effective cutting as well when wielded with sufficient force and the proper mechanic. This month we focus on the mechanics of cutting and the right contexts in which to employ the cut.
Blue Cord (Level 2)
This week we look at the various opportunities that exist at each measure within the true fight, including thrusts to the arm, cuts to the leg, and attacks that can be done to a retreating opponent.
Red Cord (Level 3)