, a disengage is an evasion of your opponent's attempted parry
you are counting on your opponent to try to stop your original attack.
You deftly move around their blade and switch your attack to a different
line than the one originally established.
It should ideally be as small a motion as possible, moving the point
of your blade in a half-circle around your opponent's bell guard and
into a different line of attack. If your blade touches your opponent's
guard while executing the movement, it is not considered a successful disengagement.
If you bring your arm back towards you during the movement, that is also
not considered a successful disengagement (by bringing your arm backwards
towards your body, your original attack is stopped and your second attack
to the new line is considered a remise).
It is a particularly effective move when fencing beginners, who generally
only expect attacks into their main line (their upper inside line, the