Tag Archives: physical awareness

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


  • 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) 2013.04.16 – Outdoors

Getting into more advanced ideas and introducing deeper thinking about the Principles, Movement and overlaps between techniques. And working in fading light, the dark safely, together with how to maximise your safety when sight isn’t good.

Good solid work, good thinking and adapting to an unstable environment.

Warmup:  loosening & stretching – shoulders, arms, back, waist, legs ; large swinging movements with cudgel to stretch out shoulders & arms – walking blocks ;  moving round area & through obstacles with different blocks ; going through the guards


  • Moving around the outdoor area through the trees/bushes and noting which guards are best for protecting the heabill_single_blurd/face in close vs.branches, etc
  • English Bill intro & getting used to moving the weapon
  • Bill technique 01 – needing to wide-space the opponents bill & breaking down the pull after hooking the St.George guard
  • Mechanics of thrusting and hooking with the bill
  • Body mechanics of the hooks & particularly the pull afterwards, and the difference between ‘physical/strength’ pulling and ‘MDM & grounding’
    [with practice vs.trees and vertical held bill shaft supported by person, etc]
  • Introducing looking at the techs/movement & principles with a analysing eye – ‘core’ principles
  • engaging targets & understanding the environment – pushing, pulling, re-angling to feel any obstacles, and understanding what this means, physically and mentally
  • using the tree/branch with the Bills – delving further into the idea of  physical awareness, particularly in the dark and with obstacles, using the extended guard to engage an obstacle and Hanging Guard to protect, and move under safely


Key Points:

  • Thinking about what a movement involves, how it affects your balance, power generation, etc
  • Moving back when throwing an attack robs the attack of power
  • Learning tools to understand techniques and movement and getting used self-checking in relation to the above