There’s one thing I haven’t talked about yet concerning this lesson: swords. The bad news? What we do is mostly repetition of last week’s exercise, the Fendente Mandritto. Oh, it’s great to get a chance to practice and refine it more, it just doesn’t make a very interesting blog post to end this week with. I might write something in the future about the specifics and quirks of the fendente blows (that’s the fancy term for iconic slashes with a sword), but I don’t feel ready for that yet.
Right. After this last exercise it’s time to go home. I leave with a vague feeling of frustration and embarrassment, which grows quickly and eventually leads to the post on self-confidence I published yesterday.
Overall the second lesson left me a bit unhappy, but to be honest, that was entirely my own fault. Even when I was beating myself up for stupid reasons I saw that the people were still awesome and the atmosphere at the salle was great.
On to the recap! What did we do during the second lesson?
- THE 3 TURNS
- KEEPING YOUR HEAD COOL IN A FIGHT
Stick avoidance exercise
- BASIC DAGGER DEFENCE
How to defend against a fendente mandritto
- REALISING THAT FAILURE DOESN’T EQUAL HUMILIATION
Understanding why I left this lesson in bad spirits
Looking at the effect poor self-confidence has on this experience
Deciding how to counter this problem
Things I’ve Learned
- Meza volta, volta stabile, volta tutta
- Keeping calm and aware in a fight is important.
- I can’t keep thinking of failure as somehow “embarrassing”. You learn by making mistakes.
Things That I Find Difficult
- Not thinking of failure as embarrassing.
- Defending against the dagger attack.
- Pretty much everything that I listed last week, although the falling bit is going a little better.