Third Lesson: Don’t Get Stuck With the Pointy End

The third lesson was a huge success. Not because I succeeded at everything (I didn’t), or because it was less difficult than what I’d feared it to be (it wasn’t), but because I managed to keep to the rules. I did my best not to focus so much on myself, which helped a ton in not being embarrassed about fumbling at exercises. Because I wasn’t thinking “oh noes, whatever do people think of me for that blunder”, I could concentrate on how to correct my mistakes. As far as the self-confidence issue is concerned, this lesson was a triumph.

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Getting Out of the Way

The time for battle has come. Your opponent’s eyes glint with murderous rage as he begins to charge. You brace yourself for the crash that will break bones and end a life.

Um… You know you can just get out of the way, right?

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Second Lesson: A Look Back

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.

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Keeping Your Head Cool in a Fight

Stick avoidance. Hm. Seeing it on the course syllabus certainly didn’t ease my fears back in my first post. But how bad is it really? Continue reading

The 3 Turns: Meza, Stabile, Tutta

Most of the more “interesting” exercises are the ones that focus on one scenario. For example, a dagger defence exercise teaches us what to do against a specific attack. There are, however, some exercises that are not tied to one situation. Take steps, for example. I wrote about the 4 steps last week: passare, tomare, accressere and dicressere. (Confused about the vocabulary? I’ve added a glossary for quick and easy reference.) Steps are not defences or attacks, but are usually a part of them. They serve as building blocks for exercises like a dagger defence.

We begin our second lesson with a “building block” exercise similar to the steps. It’s time to learn the three turns. Continue reading