35. Of the Hurt of the Low Ward at Rapier and CloakΒΆ

This ward is so straight and perilous, that in no man ought to assure himself to deliver an edgeblow any manner of way. For under any of them he may be easily struck, and each of them may easily be warded with the Cloak. Therefore, he must diligently take heed, that he thrust only, the which must never be discharged before the enemy’s sword be found, and then as far forwards as possible . So then finding it, he may thrust both within and without. Neither is there in this thrust any other advantage to be gotten, then to steal a half pace unawares of the enemy, which may be done very commodiously, considering the cloak occupies the enemy’s sight, And having drawn his half pace, and found the enemy’s sword, he must increase another half pace forwards, and strike him, costing and forcing the enemy’s sword, on that side where it may do no hurt. And this may be used both within and without: But he whom it pleases, and who doubts not to be entangled in the Cloak, may (finding himself within) carry his left foot making a pace therewith, and between his Cloak and his sword, close the enemy’s sword, and deliver a thrust with the increase of a pace of the right foot: And finding his enemy’s sword without, he may use the self same increase and thrust. But if he find not the enemy’s sword, he must deliver a little edge blow from the wrist of the hand, in such sort, that the enemy have no leisure to enter in: And having found the Sword, to discharge a right or straight thrust, or else not voiding the enemy’s sword by the increase of a left pace, to drive a thrust from aloft downwards, lifting up the fist somewhat high, and delivering it with the increase of a pace of the right foot.

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