"CLASSICAL FENCING" is this George Silver in some other guise? "As an example: A rushing opponent delivers a sweeping downward blow at the left side of the head or neck. This is met with a high prime parry, and nothing being less likely than a feint under such circumstances, the blow can be met deliberately, or even with a forward movement of the foot, and the assailant's sword-wrist gripped firmly with the left hand under the right as his cut is checked, and almost simultaneiously with the formation of the parry. The sword-point is then inclined to the rear over the left shoulder, and the pommel dashed into this face with terrific force, the way being further cleared for it by pressure downwards with the left hand upon the adversary's sword-arm. There are, of course, variations of this, and a man fairly practised in this class of close fighting would be able easily to combine all these movements almost into a single action." This sort of thing is the classical approach which I understood is typically deprecated in the game of fencing. But just being curious.