Oh, and thank God is Friday.
At any rate, I went back to rapier practice last night, after a month and a half absence. I was a little bit hesitant, because my beloved ballistabob wasn't feeling very well, but in the end I decided to go since he's on the mend and he didn't mind me going. Besides, practice is very close to home, and I would not be gone for that long.
As I posted before, I have been working on the Agrippa manual, and I had been maniacally doing drills and drills prior to my slowing down due to the holidays, travel, etc. I do know that I spent an inordinate amount of time just drilling in a corner at practice, where everyone just gave me strange looks, and at the spare room at home. After that, I did practice my moves in a bout in my last practice before my short hiatus, and decided that it did work after all.
Of course, that was only the first time. Last night, I was more confident and tried it for the second time. I must say, it worked very well, and I did not have to fall back into my older style at all.
But the best part was when some of the folks gathered there asked me "How do you do that?" After which, I proceeded to teach them the basics of lesson 1, meaning proper stance and defense in prima.
It was very cool.
I must admit that I am barely scratching the surface here. There is a lot of work for me to do to even begin to claim that I understand the system. But I am finding this useful and fascinating.
Also, judging by the amount of time that it has taken dante_di_pietro to master Capo Ferro, it will be a long time before I can get to the same place with Agrippa and teach a track like he has been doing regarding Italian Rapier. He has been an inspiration to me, and I am looking forward to understand this system better.
In the meantime, it is reading, decoding, understanding, and drill, drill, drill.
Hard work pays off.
And that's it for my lunch time.