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Syllabus of THE Skill DEVELOPMENT PRACTICAL SKILLS PROGRAM

At each level from Classical Fencing Demonstrator through Classical Fencing Master trainers are expected to be able to teach the minimum set of skills below (adjusted as necessary for School or Master studied).  The Skill Development Practical Skills program covers the range of techniques expected to be taught at the various ranks.  Each session addresses one or more skills, paying attention to the characteristic execution in the French, Italian, and other Schools.  

Classical Fencing Demonstrator: Foil

  • (1)  Salute
  • (2)  Coming to On Guard
  • (3)  Straight Thrust
  • (4)  Footwork
  • (5)  Distance
  • (6)  Engagement
  • (7)  Change of Engagement
  • (8)  Simple attacks
  • (9)  Lateral Parries
  • (10)  Direct Ripostes
  • (11)  Invitations
  • (12)  Compound Attacks
  • (13)  Semi-circular Parries
  • (14)  Circular Parries

Classical Fencing Instructor:  Foil - Add the following: to the Classical Fencing Demonstrator list:

  • (15)  Successive Parries
  • (16)  Indirect Ripostes
  • (17)  Counter-ripostes
  • (18)  Change Parries
  • (19)  Takings of the Blade
  • (20)  Ceding Parries
  • (21)  Attacks on the Blade
  • (22)  Tac-au-tac Parries

Classical Fencing Provost: Foil - Add the following to the Classical Fencing Demonstrator and Classical Fencing Instructor lists:

  • (23)  Remise
  • (24)  Redouble
  • (25)  Reprise
  • (26)  Multi-part Compound Attacks
  • (27)  Stop Hit and Time Hit
Classical Fencing Master:  Foil - Add the following to the Classical Fencing Demonstrator, Classical Fencing Instructor, and Classical Fencing Provost lists:
  • (28)  Second Intention
  • (29)  Countertime
  • (30)  Feint in Tempo
  • (31)  Flying Parries
Classical Fencing Provost: Epee - If chosen as the second weapon for the Classical Fencing Provost:
  • (1)  Salute
  • (2)  Straight and Bent Arm Guard
  • (3)  Straight Thrust
  • (4)  Footwork
  • (5)  Distance
  • (6)  Point in Line
  • (7)  Engagement
  • (8)  Change of Engagement
  • (9)  Simple Attacks
  • (10)  Opposition Parry
  • (11)  Direct Riposte
  • (12)  Invitations
  • (13)  Digs
  • (14)  False Attacks
  • (15)  Compound Attacks
  • (16)  Circular Parries
  • (17)  Beat Parries
  • (18)  Parrying with the Guard
  • (19)  Counterriposte
  • (20)  Takings of the Blade
  • (21)  Beat and Press
  • (22)  Opposition
  • (23)  Derobement
  • (24)  Remise
  • (25)  Redouble
  • (26)  Reprise
  • (27)  Stop Hit
  • (28)  Time Hit
  • (29)  Attacks on Preparation 
Classical Fencing Master:  Epee - Add the following to the Classical Fencing Provost list:
  • (30)  Counter Stop Thrust
  • (31)  Countertime
Classical Fencing Provost: Sabre - If chosen as the second weapon for the Classical Fencing Provost:
  • (1)  Salute
  • (2)  Coming to On Guard
  • (3)  Moulinet Cuts
  • (4)  Footwork
  • (5)  Distance
  • (6)  Engagement
  • (7)  Change of Engagement
  • (8)  Simple Attacks
  • (9)  Simple Parries
  • (10)  Direct Ripostes
  • (11)  Invitations
  • (12)  Compound Attacks
  • (13)  Circular Parries
  • (14)  Half-Counter Parries
  • (15)  Indirect ripostes
  • (16)  Counterripostes
  • (17)  Compound Ripostes
  • (18)  Invitations
  • (19)  False Attacks
  • (20)  Point in Line
  • (21)  Beats and Presses
  • (22)  Change Beat
  • (23)  Opposition
  • (24)  Stop Hit
  • (25)  Time Hit
  • (26)  Counterattack by Beat
  • (27)  Attack on Preparation
  • (28)  Remise
  • (29)  Redouble
  • (30)  Reprise
Classical Fencing Master:  Sabre - Add the following to the Classical Fencing Provost list:
  • (31)  Counter-time
  • (32)  Second Intention