4 12, 2015

Conditioning Session – 3rd December 2015

2015-12-04T19:13:24+00:00December 4th, 2015|Fitness, Godalming, Reading|

On Thursday night a mixed group of senior and intermediate students met for our first conditioning session. The aim of the group is to improve our agility, stamina and strength to support our learning of renaissance sword work.

The class consisted of a dynamic warm up, agility and footwork drills and some high intensity interval training. There was a wide range of different ability levels in the group but everyone was able to work at a pace suitable for them, giving everyone a thorough workout.

There is one more conditioning session before Christmas on December the 10th at Sandhurst Sports Centre, starting at 19:30.

3 12, 2015

Godalming Training – 2nd December 2015

2015-12-03T11:23:25+00:00December 3rd, 2015|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

A good turnout on Wednesday for our Godalming Class including a guest from Switzerland.

The seniors focused on counters in rapier and dagger.  The sword and buckler group worked on cutting with some brilliant progress all the way through.

3 12, 2015

Reading Training – 30th November 2015

2015-12-03T11:17:12+00:00December 3rd, 2015|Dagger, Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

Another busy night in Reading on Monday.  Whilst Fran and Stewart worked with the beginner’s group over at Rivermead Leisure Centre, across town the intermediates and seniors also met.

The intermediates were working on a drill from dall’Agocchie regarding thrusts, whilst the seniors were working from Fabris on defending against cuts.  A busy night but a lot of progress reported during our debrief.

Thanks to David for some pictures!

30 11, 2015

New Conditioning Sessions For Students

2015-11-30T10:42:14+00:00November 30th, 2015|Fitness, Godalming, Reading|

A number of students have been saying that they’d like to increase their personal fitness.  Sword play (even drills) whilst dressed in a mask and heavy gear can really take it out of you.  Chris has kindly organised a conditioning session on Thursday.  It’s open to all students (whether you’ve passed your safety test or not) and will last 55 minutes.

The first session will be held on Thursday December 3rd at Sandhurst Sports Centre starting at 7:30pm sharp!.

If you are interested in attending please let Chris know via the Facebook group

29 11, 2015

Sparring – 28th November 2015

2015-11-29T00:42:37+00:00November 29th, 2015|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Reading|

Saturday saw our monthly sparring session for studenti.  We had a number of people turn up for a bit of extra practise where the weapons we fought with included rapiers, daggers, cloaks, sideswords, a case of swords, knives, tomahawks and shashka.

Pim was given a proper shark tank for his birthday with a fight for every one of his years.  However, by the end of it, we all seemed more exhausted than him!

28 11, 2015

Godalming Training – 25th November 2015

2015-11-28T23:21:36+00:00November 28th, 2015|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

Lots of rapier and dagger students joined us tonight, some from our Monday’s Reading class. The focus was on dealing with counters – lots to think about and put into practice at sparring this weekend.

The candidati continued to polish Marozzo’s first play for sword and buckler.

28 11, 2015

Reading Training – 23rd November 2015

2015-11-28T23:16:50+00:00November 28th, 2015|Dagger, Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

We had to split up at late notice on Monday after we were notified that the rooms the seniors and intermediates were using were starting their refurbishment early.  A quick bit of last minute organisation, and whilst the beginners continued with sword and buckler at Rivermead Leisure Centre, the Seniors and Intermediates were over the other side of town at Park United Reform Church.

There the seniors joined in with the sidesword lessons of the intermediates where Jay had us practising footwork.  Another great night and well done to all who helped sort out a last minute venue.  Thanks to David for taking the photos!

22 11, 2015

URGENT: Reading Venue Updates For Seniors And Intermediates

2015-11-23T19:08:37+00:00November 22nd, 2015|Reading|

Rivermead Leisure Centre has started their studio refurbishment program early which means we will no longer have access to the wellness studio. The dance studio isn’t going to be big enough for both groups so we are unfortunately going to have to run the senior & intermediate groups in a different venue to the beginners for the next few weeks.

Beginners will stay at Rivermead Leisure Centre in the Thames suite.  If you’ve just started training with Fran, turn up as per normal (there’s no change for you!  Just don’t be worried when some of the seniors don’t start turning up as usual)

Intermediate and Senior group will EITHER be in the main hall at Park United Reform Church. (Now Confirmed!)  For a map check out the events section, but be aware of the one-way system!

This is likely to be the situation until the end of the year after which we’re hoping all groups will come back to together in our new venue (new venue 80% confirmed).

22 11, 2015

Godalming Class Access

2015-11-22T19:05:51+00:00November 22nd, 2015|Godalming|

Please note that Broadwater school are in the process of increasing their security so after December 7th 2015 we will only be able to get in through the school reception entrance between 7.55 and 8.05.

If you arrive after this time you will need to enter the building via the sports centre reception.

TL;DR Don’t be late for class.

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