Working primarily on the Hanging Guard for defence, getting in close when needed and dealing with multiple opponents.
Warmup: loosening & stretching – shoulders, arms, back, waist, legs ; large swinging movements with cudgel to stretch out shoulders & arms (also helps learn your range of movement) ;
- Hanging guard and uses
- Hanging guard & defending vs. multiple opponents
- Working the Thrust as an attack
- Defending against the thrust using Outside & Hanging guards
- True & False Times in relation to using guards/hanging guard and movement with guards
- V.light sparring drills with three people – testing the hanging guard, moving between opponents, staying aware, finding holes
- Drill: using Hanging Guard to close in on opponent – to block and get close enough to touch them safely (closest hand or ideally their centre) going underneath your guard
- Safely move behind the hanging guard
- Make sure the block is moving forward, not pulled back
- Recognising where the weapon and opponents positioning is from the feel of the block without looking
- vs. Kicking – and the natural defensive guards and movements used to block/attack the kick (when armed), or move in against the (step &) kick and so using the body/leg as the True Cross
- What happens when it’s not safe to kick, both against weapons and without.