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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 (SUN) 2013.05.21

Outdoor training with the Quarterstaff, with plenty of room for moving techniques on uncertain ground.

Warmup:  loosening & stretching – shoulders, arms, back, waist, legs ; large swinging movements arm movements to loosen shoulders & incorporating waist swinging and adding in arms ; staff swinging and familiarisation – moving around, moving the staff about, getting used to the balance at different angles ; leg raises ; squats ;

 

Lesson:

  • Quarterstaff – Guards, static & moving
  • Quarterstaff – Techniques 1-10
  • Working the pivot and rear-drive hand
  • Slipping the staff for space and power
  • Mechanics and uses of the one-handed thrust

Key Points:

  • How guard transitions helps learn techniques, attacks & blocks
  • Remember to demonstrate the attack and the correct attack movement & why

 

Training (TUE) 2013.04.09

Working on the foundations of sword & stick work, as well as an introduction of sparring and the problems of dealing with multiple opponents

Warmup:  loosening & stretching – shoulders, arms, back, waist, legs ; large swinging movements with cudgel to stretch out shoulders & arms – walking to jogging progression ; going through Guards – SIMS ; leg raises with other leg bent/sinking on balance leg (for balance, strength & stretch) ;

Lesson:

  • Overview of the Sword Guards and general uses
  • Practice of the Outside & Inside Guard & guard testing
  • True & False Times
  • Blocking using the Inside and Outside guard vs. attack to the left and right neck
  • The importance of the ‘True Cross’, particularly with weapons
  • V.light sparring drill in Pairs, working practiced blocks & attacks
  • V.light sparring Vs. Multiple people (‘Free for All’) but limiting to the Attacks and Blocks practiced – allowed to move, duck, etc as needed.
  • Common knowledge of ‘Distance’, how Distance relates to the available targets, and when you are ‘wide-spaced’
  • Attack/Blocking drill vs. steadily increasing power attacks using the guards practiced

Key Points:

  • Ducking leaves you vulnerable and takes nothing from the momentum of the opponents attack – uses False times vs. True times
  • Importance of Focus (watch the weapon) and aiming for True Cross when blocking
  • Fly out/fall away when hard pressed to give yourself the best chance of defending/safety (if you need to fly out or block

 

Training (SUN) 2013.04.07

Working Quarterstaff attacks, blocks and techniques

 

Ye Olde Quarterstaff

Warmup:  loosening & stretching – shoulders, arms, back, waist, legs ; large swinging movements with cudgel to stretch out shoulders & arms – walking to jogging progression ; squats ; offline movement practice ;

Lesson:

  • Quarterstaff techniques 1-10
  • Quarterstaff Attack practice, technique attacks & varying angles ; varying speeds
  • Quarterstaff blocks – full intent, mech.sound

Key Points:

  • Using the staff for balance and strength & grip training
  • Staff tech #9 – importance of MDM pulling opponents staff around and in once gripped, in order to put them off balance, and use as the opposing balancing movement for lifting the staff as spear across the body and up ready for down/forward spear strike into opponent

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