This lesson focused on feints, and generally speaking all the stuff that happens in the beginning of a fight, out of distance. Trying to gain the initiative and the vorschlag. It's an area that the early sources don't tend to focus on, so I worked mostly from Olympic fencing principles to 'pad out' an area of the KdF.
To begin with, the key point that I wanted to make was that a good feint should be a credible threat, and in order for a feint to be a credible threat the attacker should be able to continue through into a strike. To emphasise this, the first drill was a set attacker and defender one. The attacker had to make a feint. If the defender reacted, then the attacker stopped. If the defender didn't, then the attacker could carry on through into a strike.
After that, it was the usual game of increasing options and intensity. For example, the next stage had the defender able to respond with an oberhau if they felt that the attacker was feinting - seizing the initiative, doing a nachreisen or whatever. At this point someone (I think Ant?) said:
'Doesn't it make sense for the defender just to do a zornhau most of the time?'
After that we started adding more options for the attacker - switching target quarters, stopping short (as an apel, or by changing your silhouette shape, or a twist of the hips - something to gain a reaction without presenting a target), and then we moved onto being able to transition between the hidden strikes after beginning a movement - for example beginning an attack, seeing an incoming oberhau, and transforming your cut into a zwerchau to regain the initiative.
Then we played around with daggers, because daggers are cool. I sparred JP at the end - he's come on a long way, although as always there are a few things that could be improved (ELBOWS!). He's planning on running a footwork drill he learnt in France next week. See the above meme for my feelings on the matter.