Gradings galore at Reading tonight as Josh, Chris and Simon prepared to level up. At SOTS we have gradings at 30, 200 and 400 hours of study, the last two involving multiple fights and written pieces. Our senior students put in a huge effort, with Simon and Josh continuing their assessments this weekend at our anniversary event. Great work all!
Students from our Godalming chapter as well as some from other chapters gathered for an afternoon of cutting things with swords. Whilst we don’t use sharps in our training for obvious safety reasons, it’s a useful part of our training to get the experience of cutting at inanimate objects to see just how good our blade alignment really is. And so sideswords, sickles, spears and more were set to task against objects such as milk bottles, fruit, clay and even a birthday cake. A lot of fun was had by all.
We had a great turnout in Reading for our Sunday Sparring session today. There was a great mix of weapons being played with: everything from rapier & dagger through to spear and rotella. There was also a nice level of feedback from students as well, analysing their fights and point out areas of possible improvement.
We celebrated a very hectic, sweaty session with a trip to the pub and a nice carvery.