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4.  step behind opponent and hit them.

I did some training with Everard yesterday and worked on step 4.

The training session consisted of: 40 minutes of talking, an hour of drills out of armour, and half an hour of fighting in harness.

Talking
We discussed what I had been finding difficult and what I needed to change in order to improve.

Drills
We mostly worked on the binds from the right.

  1. engage weapon and control the centre-line
  2. close pushing the sword into the opponents shoulder thus taking their balance (this collapses their shoulder making it very hard to resist).
  3. step into their sword and around them while pointing the tip down.
  4. step again and hit them with the false edge.

we also looked at stepping away from the sword and what Everard called sleeve cuts.

  1. (alternate) the opponent resists the bind strongly
  2. rotate body and tip back releasing their force
  3. rotate forwards hitting them as they overbalance without your pressure.

Freeplay

Everard was happy with my ability to control the fight even though I only managed to achieve the above techniques once or twice on him. I think that of all of the combat rule sets and forms that I play in two-hander in armoured combat is the most energetic, the most tiring.

Helmet

I brought my helmet that is too short along and Everard looked t it and brought out a helmet blank; which fit my head! I will visit him in the next few weeks and we will work on it. It needs: polishing, a grill, and a hinge mechanism (which I have bought here).

May crown is tomorrow, I expect I will post about it when I get back.

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