Thursday, July 12, 2012


Working double sword today and was very pleased to have come up with a more efficient way (I think ..) of teaching half beat timing (mostly for faking), and thus upping the level of trickiness of a feed, whilst still keeping the same tempo.
This flow progression helps the feeder learn how not only to feed well (not so easy with 2 swords), but also to start working on choosing openings, and begin baiting and causing reactions in their partner.
Meanwhile, their partner gets to work on improving their evasion and general defensive skills at the same time.

Having just spent an evening reading a historical fencing techniques manual, which is pretty much as mind numbing as reading step by step instructions on how to salsa, I just don't have it in me to describe it in words.

In the same way that over a couple decades, Sonny went from this:

To this:

To throwing descriptions out altogether and just doing it ....

I think I will avoid the technical description ... but of course would be happy to flow it with anyone that is interested :-)


Rory said...


The European Historical Combat Guild said...

Sounds interesting,I'd also be interested to know which historical manual you were wading your way through?

Maija said...

Well, technically a 'La Canne' manual and a piece about grappling with sword ..

Both from here:

Jake said...

I've never been able to handle trying to draw diagrams. My brain doesn't work that way.

I DO find I give pretty technical descriptions sometimes when I teach, but it's always verbal. For a guy in a striking system, I'm not a very visual guy.

I think the description sometimes helps people understand what they're supposed to be experiencing; other times, it probably just gets in the way.

The European Historical Combat Guild said...

Thanks, yes I have seen those, how's your French? 8')
Some illustrations are easier than others, though like any language one has to be familiar with how the language is actually used, especially with historical texts as the use has changed and conventions are very different.

Maija said...

I did French at school so it's not too bad ... especially when the terminology crosses over to fencing ... and there are helpful illustrations :-)
In the end, if you have any idea about what is, and what is not sensible at any one time, most techniques and ideas are pretty easy to decipher ... it's just that transferring words, numbers or stepping patterns to physical movement that make my brain twirl. though I actually find it easiest if one reads and 2 DO.
Easier still in my mind, from actual context ... with real humans and actual predicaments to extricate yourself from :-D