Practise spiralling down on the tight side (the side of your sword arm), and spiralling up on the other (easy) side. See if you can turn your waist (body from shoulders to hips), out of the way of a thrust without moving your feet. If you can do that, moving the feet only needs to happen when the thrust is closer to the middle of your body.
- Mo deflection to the non sword arm shoulder
- Hanging deflection to the sword arm shoulder
- Spinning deflections to the lower thrusts.
- Ya deflection to a midline thrust
- Cut a U shape to deflect a higher strike. Use it to deflect while stepping in with a thrust of your own, sliding up the other blade. Don't practise this on people who aren't wearing masks. You might hit their teeth.
- Can be used with the flat of the blade to knock the other blade to the ground. If you put a hand to the blade (half-swording), make sure the lenght of your hand lies flat along the length of the balde so no fingers get cut.
Sink lower by stretching out a leg and squatting father than leaning forward. If you lean forward you shorten the distance and the other guy can reach your head.
: Think of a cut you could easily use after you have controlled a strike with Ya.
For those Learning Miao Dao
Think about sword identification again. What does a miao dao look like? How is it different from a katana?
For Those Learning Section 6 Jian Form
- Make sure your dou cuts go no higher or lower than 45 degrees.
- Watch your get-away room. Don't step the back foot into the front one.
- Cut the daisies goes to the rear diagonal, which you have turned into.
- The lunge into that dou cut has the front knee bent and the back leg stretched out with the knee almost touching the ground.
Practise deflecting a low thrust while turning the waist and stepping a foot behind the other one. Step forward into a Pi cut aimed at the sword arm. When he withdraws, make up the extra room with a one legged thrust.
Coming to the Seminars in April?
All of you and all who have been in our classes in the past can come to the Kid's Swordsmanship Seminar on April 21. Fundraising is paying your way and you will get another chance to help with selling Easter chocolates in March. The chocolates arrive at my place this Friday so you can get some at Sword next week
Kids wanting to learn Emptyhand Taijiquan (Tai Chi), are welcome to be at the Seminar with Scott Rodell on the weekend of 17-18 April. Registration information is here
. This is free for kids who are or have been in our classes. Fundraising covers your costs. This is good for those of you who have already done some emptyhand training or form with me, or for older ones willing to work hard. All your learning to focus will be needed. Parents who want to attend are most welcome but will have to pay.
Ask your sword identification and other Questions Here this week.
I'll make a special page for Kids Questions and Answers and put it up soon.
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