Fifth Lesson: Back Pain

This lesson was okay. Well, actually, it was a ton of fun despite the scariness of the falling exercise and the difficulty of the second drill counter-remedy. It would’ve been a great experience overall if it wasn’t for the back pain.

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Second Drill Counter-Remedy

The second sword drill begins with a regular cleaving blow as the attack and a sottani blow from dente di cinghiaro (I’ve finally learned to spell that correctly!) as the parry. I’ve described this as “simple and understandable”. The rest of the drill is the opposite.

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How Not to Keep Your Balance

This lesson is all about balance again. After a warm-up we are paired up and told to do an exercise similar to the one we began our first ever lesson with. We face each other and try to get the other off-balance.

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