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Wednesday (Manciolino)

Submitted by Ludwig von Rege... on June 29, 2011 - 12:00am

Class plan: Continued introduction to Manciolino

Warmup: Footwork exercises (17th C Italian)

Introductory Exercise: Sample transitions

Start in Guardia Alta with right foot forward.  Mandritto (with pass) into Sopra il Braccio, Riverso (with pass) into Porta di Ferro Stretta, Montante into Guardia Alta with left foot forward.  Continue with alternate foot variations.

Defences from Guardia Alta:

Fendente and Montante

Pass back with Montante-like thrust into Guardia di Faccia

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Wednesday (Meyer)

Submitted by Ludwig von Rege... on June 15, 2011 - 12:00am

Class: A few manoeuvers from Meyer

Warm-up:  Footwork, Meyer's 1st cutting drill for Dussack

Cutting drill: Start with left foot forward, in Oberhut.  Cut with pass into Langort, lift hilt into Ochs with gathering step and cut again, and again.  Thus three cuts, stepping with each, the first delivered with a passing step.  Then cut stepping backwards, landing the cut with the back (left) foot.

I was inspired to practice cutting while stepping back on the left foot by a recent Manciolino class.

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Wednesday (Meyer)

Submitted by Ludwig von Rege... on June 8, 2011 - 12:00am

Class: Basic Meyer Rapier

Warm up: Footwork and cutting drills

Cutting drill 1: Oberhau B-F followed by Oberhau H-D, each following smoothly from the other with appropriate stepping.

Cutting drill 2: Oberhau B-F then Unterhau F-B (ending in Ochs on right), transition to Oberhut on left by thrusting, dropping the tip and letting it fall down to the left side and up for the stroke, Oberhau H-D, Unterhau D-H etc.  Smoothly join cuts together with appropriate stepping.

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Wednesday (Meyer)

Submitted by Ludwig von Rege... on June 1, 2011 - 12:00am

Lesson plan: Starting to increase the repertoire by adding another defence and a couple of attacks of second intent.

Warm-up: Footwork, Oberhau swapping from lines B to G.

Meyer's Flying (Fliegender) Thrust drill: Start in Low guard, narrow stance
for the lunge, lunge three times into Langort, each time recovering with the front foot only (back foot is planted for whole drill).  Repeat, with lunge in first (as in
Meyer's picture).

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Wednesday (Meyer)

Submitted by Ludwig von Rege... on May 25, 2011 - 12:00am

Had a great crowd tonight as Jon brought his brother, David, along and Amy and Lorna brought along a friend of theirs, Emma.

After some footwork practice to get warmed up, we did some cutting drills.

1: Defence strokes from Oberhut to Alber, changing off between B-F line and the H-D line.  Start by cutting from Oberhut to Langort with a step, then following through to Alber; gather for the next step while lifting the sword to Oberhut on the other side for the next cut.  The final aim is to string these cuts together in a fluid motion with correct stepping.

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Wednesday (Stuff)

Submitted by Ludwig von Rege... on May 11, 2011 - 12:00am

We welcomed a new fencer, Jon, so while I went through a quick introduction to Meyer rapier, David and Nicola worked on some more sophisticated maneouvers.

Later, Nicola and I took turns playing "fencing chess" with David.  The idea is to fence slowly, so it comes down to a game of: I do this, you do that, so I want to go here etc.  I found it a nice way to analyse my fencing - identifying mistakes I repeatedly make - and I think it will be a useful way to intoduce new plays that I've had trouble making work at speed.

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Wednesday (Meyer)

Submitted by Ludwig von Rege... on May 4, 2011 - 12:00am

Lesson Plan: Basics from Meyer.  Attack and defence against high, middle and low line.  Identifying attacks and presenting the right defence from limited options.  Recovering and blade feel.

Warm-up: Footwork

Review:  Attack (lunge) and defence (parry) to lower, middle and upper body.

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On the Service of Dancing

Submitted by Ludwig von Rege... on May 3, 2011 - 8:40pm

Written in honour of the admission of Mistress Katherina to the Order of the Pelican by Ludwig von Regensburg, proudest of husbands.

On the Service of Dancing

Terpsichore has hold over all men,

for there are no people so crude and

unrefined they are not greatly moved

by sweet melody.

Dancing would captivate Cato,

make Diana bow to her followers,

and make Scipio quit his noble enterprise.

The virtuous dance is an Art and a Science,

both natural and arteficial.

Wednesday (Sparring)

Submitted by Ludwig von Rege... on April 13, 2011 - 12:00am

During the training on Wednesday, Nicola and Patrick practised against each other with every combination of weapons to hand (except a Case of daggers - they ran out of time for that).

Patrick showed how bad he is with Case and that he needs to void with his back foot when parrying.  He also discovered that when he gets frustrated he forgets to gather the back foot before lunging, which does nothing to ease his frustration.

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