Tonight at our Godalming Chapter,the smallsword group revised week 1 – drawing the sword, stance, footwork, and the guard and thrust to the inside line in carte. They then moved on to Angelo’s salute, which proved popular, and the thrust in tierce to the outside line and the parade (parry) and riposte to this attack. They also worked on the feather parade, which is a means of pushing your opponent’s point off line or even possibly disarming them by pressing and sliding your sword against and down their blade.
Two School of the Sword instructors headed to Wales this weekend to teach at Gathering of Wolves. Fran ran a workshop is entitled “The Right Place at the Right Time”, while Emilia had a great time teaching tomahawk and bowie knife with around 40 participants!
This weekend saw students from our Oxford chapter head out for some outdoor freeplay. Sparring gives them a student to exchange with students they might not have sparred with before, practise weapons that might not currently be in the training curriculum, as well as get some much needed time to incorporate new techniques and tactics into their swordplay.
Our Oxford student met up again today for their regular outdoor freeplay session. These sparring get-togethers provide the perfect opportunity to practise techniques learned in class as well as get experience of fighting against opponents they might otherwise not get regular practise against.
It was the last side sword lesson from Kristian, at our regular Oxford training session, this evening, as well as the last beginner’s course lesson from Louis! Our new instructors have done splendidly with their lesson blocks at our Oxford chapter and everybody has enjoyed their instruction!
Students from our Oxford chapter met up today for their regular weekend sparring. There were a mixture of weapons available, giving all attending students valuable practise and experience.