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Void - not being where the blow is aimed.
Stop thrust - attack with point after the opponent's attack starts.
Reverse thrust - keep the point in line or extending while your body falls away.
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Parry inward - the modern Parry 4 (if high line, or 7 if low line).
Traverse - move to side, 90 degrees to opponent.
VIII. Single Rapier
he high ward of the Single Rapier.
The truest and surest blow is the trust above hand. First draw your left foot near your
right foot, and lunge as forcibly as you may, ending in the low ward. If your opponent
dodges right, immediately follow with a slash right to the head.
To defend against a cut, I have spoken of the stop thrust. Because I know that
some timid souls out there might prefer to defend themselves first, another way is to
parry with the edge. Then, thrust to the face while stepping with your left foot
circularly to your right. This places your body behind your weapon and is secure because
it attacks while it defends. This move is also called a reverse thrust.
The most sure and principal blow from this ward is the thrust underhand. Draw
the left near the right foot, lunge, and settle in the low ward.
Any move is possible from this ward, but there are no special advantages in thrusts from here. The special tactic of this ward is one of the defensive.
To defend against a thrust, parry inward and traverse to the right by stepping broadly
back with the left (rear) foot. Then lunge and thrust solidly from this new angle.
In modern fencing, the default response to an attack is a retreat. In Rapier, it is to move to the side or sloping diagonally forward or back. Note also that by pivoting the body as part of a side or diagonal movement, the rapier can close the line of the original attack without actually having to move the rapier arm. Indeed, that would be considered the best type of parry.