Rapier and dagger drills
We build up to rapier and dagger fencing by first gaining reasonable control over the sword alone, then we use the following system. Video from Guy's online Rapier course: https://swordschool.teachable.com/p/rapier and book four in his Rapier Workbook Series: https://guywindsor.net/book/rapierpartfour/
- Parrying with the dagger alone
- Parrying with the dagger while striking with the sword
- Feinting against the dagger
- Parrying with the dagger while doing a feint-disengage with the sword against the dagger
This naturally builds up the student's instinct to use the dagger defensively.