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Training (TUE) 2013.05.28

 

Welcoming a new student, and working the basics of the English System, starting with cudgels and most common guards. Good solid work and excellent power blocks.

Warmup:  Stretching ; back stretching ; shoulder loosening ; waist loosening ; walk/jog round the hall with wide swings to stretch out arms and establish range of movement

 

Lesson:

  • Quick overview of English Martial Arts
  • Demo and overview of the Sword Guards
  • Practice of the Outside & Inside Guard – high & low
  • Explaining the ‘True Cross’ & guard testing
  • Attack vs. Block and counter – using the Inside and Outside guard vs. attacks to the left and right neck
  • Brief intro to Judgement, Distance, True & False Times
  • Intro to Focus & Intent – with demo of the differences in effectiveness when used/not used appropriately
  • Moving blocks and attacks – as above, plus incorporating Low Outside & Inside Guards
  • Attack/Blocking drill vs. steadily increasing power attacks using the guards practiced

Key Points:

  • The importance the appropriate focus – Watch the weapon
  • Importance of aiming to get the ‘True Cross’ when blocking, regardless of the angle of attack coming in ; rather than learning ‘attack specific’ blocks and counters
  • Make sure you’re safe even when a drill seems ended – stay in guard and aware until you’re safely out of distance
  • Remember to practice the Guards and transitioning between them – Many skills are built on the foundations of the basic guards and attacks

 

Training (TUE) 2013.05.07

 

Flexibility, waist and core strengthening, focus on back & core, pivot points & Sparring

 
Warmup:  loosening & stretching – shoulders, arms, back, waist, legs ; large swinging movements arm movements to loosen shoulders & incorporating waist swinging and adding in arms ; cudgel swinging to stretch out shoulders & arms ; leg raises incl. sweeping leg across waist (with explanation of using to block, hit, fast raise, etc vs kick) ;  leg raises ; press-ups against wall, changing positions of fists and angles ;  back stretching ; squats ; one leg squat ; sitting back and leg stretches & holding the stretch ; sword swinging drill to use waist & loosening the legs to step where needed

Lesson:

  • Flexibility & Core strengthening
  • Opening the back up
  • Getting up and down fluidly and without strain – incl. keeping weight over leg and pushing up rather than pulling and straining
  • Prolonged bouts of Light sparring – free for all attack or defend as desired ; emphasis at looking where you are safe to attack, fast recovery into guard, effective use of distance to stay where needed to attack, checking form to make sure not leaving yourself open and offering attacks when needed to indicate ; including dealing with grabs of weapon, committing to driving in close when needed, and using a MDM pivot around the appropriate leg (weighted usually) to off-balance opponent and throw them when needed ; or engage in close to and disrupt their balance via MDM movements at two points (e.g. head/neck & lower back) to take them down
  • Including using Grip #2 (counter-grip) & MDM-pivot when grabbed in close

 

Key Points:

  • Strengthening and flexibility takes work – target work and do it repeatedly and regularly and you will gain more strength and/or flexibility, which helps everything else
  • Pivot around the weighted leg where possible
  • Use contact with the opponent as a pivot point where needed
  • Focus often comes quicker when there is more at stake – so sparring is often a good way early on, after warm-up, of getting people focused

 

Training (TUE) 2013.04.30

Dealing with movement and how awareness and relaxation can help fluid attacks and avoidance

 
Warmup:  stretching, shoulder loosening, waist loosening, arm swings, heavy arms across body/out/around ; guards

Lesson:

  • Projecting fwd on block
  • Using movement & going offline
  • Practice vs. the thrust – using both Outside. & St.George, and how projecting fwd when blocking gives more power, leaves them more wide-spaced and you better protected and in better position to counter, as well as gives better chance to disrupt their form/balance to slow recovery
  • Offline drills, up & down hall
  • Avoiding impact/someone walking at you ; dealing with crowds and movement, incl offline

Key Points:

  • Awareness,  movement & evasion is more effective when relaxed

 

Training (TUE) 2013.04.02

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) ;

Lesson:

  • 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

Key Points:

  • 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.

Training (TUE) 2013.03.26

Our first Tuesday class! Good hard work and excellent blocking.

Warmup:  including loosening & stretching – shoulders, arms, back, waist ;

Lesson:

  • Overview of English Martial Arts and what we will be covering, as well as an introduction to a few of the weapons we work with.
  • Overview of the Sword Guards and general uses
  • Brief intro to the Principles, particularly the True & False Times
  • Practice of the Outside & Inside Guard & guard testing
  • Blocking using the Inside and Outside guard vs. attack to the left and right neck
  • Attack/Blocking drill vs. steadily increasing power attacks using the guards practiced

Key Points:

  • The importance the appropriate focus – Watch the weapon
  • Many skills are built on the foundations of the basic guards and attacks
  • Make sure you’re safe even when a drill seems ended – stay in guard and aware until you’re safely out of distance