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Training feels much more pleasant from one's armchair afterwards :-)

Had a great sparring session with Victor this morning. He was patiently improving on my defensive use of the shield, largely through not opening up every single time! I'm still slow to step back when a blade comes over the top and I have a strong habit of stepping into the classic diagonal attack from the right shoulder - oberhau rechts - as if I was meeting Yokomen-uchi with Kokyu-nage. Which isn't going to work with a shield & sword in my hands...

I must build up my muscles a lot more effectively - the technique just falls away as my fatigue increases & that's a recipe for accidents. I should also go back to the idea of a lighter shield for display and patrol & keep the barn door for the cavalry attacks, but muscle is always worth having.

The gambeson seems to be working out fine, although I really want to sort out pteruges for my lighter pad for Late Roman work. My huge armguards are great, but cut into my wrists a bit - perhaps I need to tie them tighter - but they don't protect the elbows and they are going to need a very loose tunic to stay hidden. Ditto my knees, which I am fond of whacking with my own shield. Perhaps bandages or strapping...

I know choreographing fights is often disliked amongst re-enactors, perhaps because of the hamfisted pantomimes you sometimes see, often accompanied by the phrase "and now, let's hear a boo for the dastardly Black Knight..." but foreknowledge of even the general pattern of the fight can encourage a novice like myself to commit more fully, but with safety. Real combat would, one suspects, be more cautious, but then your average miles would be practising for hours a day & would probably be quite the bomb compared to a re-enactor with a beer belly. I suspect the armatura could get pretty interesting. I wonder if I can persuade less expert folk like me to pre-arrange their sparring a little?

In addition, I wonder if we could add a demo of basic positions and strikes to the display, so people would appreciate the peculiarities and simplicity of the form?

Mmm.

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