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Agrippa Rocks

Well, another post from my lunch hour.

Oh, and thank God is Friday.

Just sayin'

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.

Belfebe out.

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dante_di_pietro
Feb. 11th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
I appreciate the words and that I have been inspiring (shucks), but I haven't "mastered" that by a long shot-- I'm probably a decade or so away from feeling like I have the intricacies down. Part of the fun, though, is in the refinement process.

Agrippa is something I intend to start up in a few years, so maybe I'll see a bit farther by standing on your shoulders. It's exciting to have something to work from and toward. Enjoy.
belfebe
Feb. 11th, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I think that we will stand in each other's shoulders, although you are far ahead from me at this point. I plan to take some of the classes of your Capo Ferro track at University. :-D
dante_di_pietro
Feb. 12th, 2011 12:36 am (UTC)
One of the things I dream of seeing happen in the next ten years is specific locales becoming dedicated to specific texts, e.g., Ponte Alto being an Agrippa place, say Caer Mear specializes in Capoferro, maybe Black Diamond ends up the Thibault place, etc., so that you'd have focused study groups all working from the same source material in the same area, with everyone teaching new people the same stuff.

It's a pipe dream, but it could happen. It would really just take 1-2 people per area deciding to take the initiative.
belfebe
Feb. 12th, 2011 01:03 am (UTC)
That would be really awesome, especially when we fought each other in tournaments in all the different styles. It is a doable thing. Granted, not everyone wants to learn, so it would not be generalized. But if we could have dedicated instructors to the different systems in every practice, it would really enhance rapier in our Kingdom.

Even if only a couple of people are game in each practice, the sole fact that you have that resource available would be awesome.
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