In sport fencing, two of the most common parries are parry four, a middle line parry to the inside, and parry six, a middle line parry to the outside. Last night, I went to a rapier class and the only parry that was taught before we also learned to use the dagger was a parry four analog. During drills, I also reflexively used parry six, and was told not to do that. What is the reasoning behind not using an outside parry?

  • Is this SCA-style light fencing? Another HEMA style? Jul 19 '17 at 13:30

I'm afraid that you'd have to ask the people at the rapier class you attended, because not all HEMA practioners outlaw a Sixte. It is possible that they don't actually have anything against a Sixte, but you were practicing a Quarte, so they were simply chiding you to follow the drill.

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    When I'm in a teaching or senior role I often say "that is an effective/useful/whatever technique or move, but NOT what we are studying now". Or "yeah, that works but it's not what we are practicing".
    – Petro
    Nov 8 '17 at 19:26

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