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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) 2013.04.16 – 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

Lesson:

  • 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

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 (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