These classes rely on the principles of the foundation classes being developed to a degree that will allow more complex movements to be attempted safely.
Experienced students from recognised schools may attend the progressive class but are advised to take the foundational classes as well unless they already have a good understanding of the Bolognese terminology and mechanics.
At this stage you will need to provide the minimal level of protection for drills at speed. If you are at a more advanced level, and intend to use steel, the level of protection required will also be increased.
By now sparring will be a regular part of the curriculum, with steel or synthetic blades, but is not a requirement for any student.
Sparring sessions generally take place at the end of the class, but not all students may wish to take part in these, usually because they are focusing more on the theoretical aspects of the art. Students who do not wish to take part in sparring sessions should still stay until the end of the class, because the instructor will use these sessions to assist students in developing their technique.