Last night I worked with Sara and Tom on openings and the initial stages of the fight.

Tom was using sword & shield, and Sara was using bastard sword.

The drill:

  1. Fighters pair up
  2. Patient stands in guard at the edge of distance
  3. Agent chooses an opening and attacks it, provoking a defensive response from the patient.
  4. Agent then attacks a new opening created.

The intent of the drill is to teach how to start the the fight safely and how to create openings that one is primed to exploit.

Unfortunately, Tom and Sara both need more time spent on the mechanics of blows and guards before they can get much out of this drill.