Fencing & Stage Combat Techniques : Pary in Fencing


Before we move into attacks, I want to talk
about the major parries. We label our parries with numbers, so my parry number one is off
to my left side. My palm down, I’m protecting this area of my body. You can see that I’m
in front to the side of my body, so no matter how–if someone’s coming in and forgets to
stop, I’m still protecting my left hip with my number one parry. My number two parry moves
over and protects the right side. Same thing, outside of my target area, so that anyone
coming in from any side I’m able to protect myself with this really strong ford of my
blade. Number three flips up. I’m now protecting the outside of my bicep with the ford of this
blade, and remember your thumb is always pointing away from your parry, always facing your parry,
always facing your attack. Number three parry is here. Number four moves across my body,
so I protect this side. Anyone aiming for this side of my body is aiming for my shoulder,
for my bicep, and I’m able to protect with this parry. And number five parry. Really
important–protecting my head. I’m above my head and in front of my head. If I come down
too low, I have an obvious problem. A sword coming overhead from someone who forgets to
stop is going to split me in the middle, and if my sword is too far up a sword is going
to be able to reach under. So, my best defensive posture is to have it just a little bit in
front of and just a little over my head. A nine parry comes up like this. It’s the five
parry, and really the only difference is depending on the move that came before, sometimes it’s
easier to get to a nine parry than a five parry. Your seven parry is just like your
one parry, only your palm is supinated so it’s in reverse. And same thing, coming from
here sometimes it’s easier to flip into a number seven parry than to come down and flip
into number one. And my eight parry just protects the other side. Same thing, my palm up. Ken
is going to demonstrate the parries, and I’ll come in and attack so you can see how he stops
each parry as it comes in.
And Ken’s going to help me demonstrate parries by coming in on some attacks. So as I defend
my one, as you can see, my two, my body’s protected, my three, and my four, five, nine,
seven, eight. So that the parry stopped just outside the body, again keeping this really
important at least three inch radius, protecting myself from all of his attacks. So, it should
even–but, of course, even if forget to parry and Ken comes in on attack, his goal is to
stop outside my target area. This is an extra safety though, so that we’re both helping
to keep me safe. Next we’re going to move into talking about attacks.

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