>>4233275>This is silly in my opinion, unless this is strictly a safety measure for the purposes of protecting players.>The absolute best place to hit my opponent is the hand because:
That's precisely all of the reasons. Manciolino is from the early 16th century might I tell you. Basically the reasoning is, it's indeed hard to protect hands efficiently at that period though it's still possible, it created even bigger mobility nightmares that we have today.
But mostly the idea is that, ok hand hits are the most common and what you should do in an actual fight, they are also boring as hell and don't develop any sort of nice and gracious fencing. This is salle sparring, try to do something a bit more complex than hand sniping, go for deeper targets, combos and such, otherwise, what are you even doing in a salle exactly? This is for sparring among peers, not for earnest fighting training. In any actual fight, Manciolino absolutely recommended striking the leading hand.