Plate 7

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Plate 7 contains the first of Capoferro's plays; in essence laying the tactical foundations of the system. The primary play is the parry and riposte in a single tempo, done as the opponent attacks by disengage. This is then countered by a feint of disengage, which draws the attack onto a prepared parry-riposte. We tend to start by spelling out each action: the stringering is left uncountered, so the stringerer strikes; so next time the one stringered attacks by disengage; that is then countered by the parry and riposte in one motion; that is then countered by the feint.