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.
We discussed what I had been finding difficult and what I needed to change in order to improve.
We mostly worked on the binds from the right.
- engage weapon and control the centre-line
- close pushing the sword into the opponents shoulder thus taking their balance (this collapses their shoulder making it very hard to resist).
- step into their sword and around them while pointing the tip down.
- step again and hit them with the false edge.
we also looked at stepping away from the sword and what Everard called sleeve cuts.
- (alternate) the opponent resists the bind strongly
- rotate body and tip back releasing their force
- rotate forwards hitting them as they overbalance without your pressure.
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.
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.