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Medieval Sword in Two Hands: mixed novice, intermediate and SPARRING!

Sparring now weekly!

We have six combatants fully ready to spar, and a Second Cohort starting. Come join in the fun!

Several of our Honolulu zugadore (players) will have belt-tested and are sparring regularly!

NEW SCHEDULE!

We're splitting the daily schedule out by level, to that everyone gets enough time to train and play!

Our newer zugadore are working through the foundational material as well, so its a great time to jump in and start. We have some sparring gear within the group, and we have a large stack of poly longswords, so folks are starting to spar. Come join the fun!

12 noon - 12:30 Opening drills (all students combined into one class). This week we will look at a new application for the acresso footwork, striking fendente and then making an acresso with the *back* foot, enabling the point to be set, then driving forward. It's a brand new thing!

12:30 - 1:15pm - Beginner course (2nd Cohort) with Instructor Brian R. Price. The focus will be on a review of the poste, the staff and driving in exercises, and Play #1. First Cohort will work independently from 12:30 - 1:15pm.

1:30 - 2:15pm: Beginner drills led by a First Cohort student. Brian will work with the remaining First Cohort students on intermediate material, this week to be the tre tempi and the tre volte (which we will also cover on Tuesday evening)

2:15 - 3pm: Integration sparring and challenge bouts

 

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  • Brian R. P.

    Big and successful practice today! Good focus on the core principles of the rebatti for the novice group and the prese contra spada for the intermediates. Special thanks to Colin Chock for taking the novice course and teaching plays #2 and #3 of the ellefante to the very big class. It was a treat to have new people with us this week--Matt, all the way from the North Shore, with his background in the 15th century English work, was a nice match for Paul Adams, who once again took time from his vacation to visit, spar, and train with us. Robert Gallon, Tuppence and her companion were all new as well, but did well. Virgil's weight trainer was especially cool to see, as was Jesse's new Cold Steel dagger :-)

    Sparring videos will go up later tonight. Nice work!

    April 14, 2013

  • Brian R. P.

    The weather has cooperated! I'll see everyone at noon :-)

    April 14, 2013

  • Brian R. P.

    Checking the weather radar, it looks as if the heaviest rain will likely bypass us for the remainder of the day. Forecast shows 60% chance of light showers, but they will be sporatic. So it's looking good!

    April 14, 2013

  • Brian R. P.

    Curriculum for tomorrow: NOVICES: Quick review pulsativa poste and footwork; representation of the stabile poste; focus on generating power; Ellefante play #3

    INTERMEDIATES: Review / work on plays #1 - #2 of the Zogho Largo while I teach the novice class. I'll introduce play #3 of the Zogho Largo (prese contra spada).

    Seizing control of the opponent's weapon -- and/or his fighting platform (body) -- is one of Fiore's key objectives. From the incrosa, this may be effectively done with a presa or grip against the sword. Made in a sweeping motion, from the inside out and with the thumb down, the sword is either swept in what I call a presa imperfetta or gripped in a presa perfetta. From that point, any of the cinque cose or "five things" are possible. TUESDAY: Intensive practice with play #3 of the zogho largo in gear.

    April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am looking to check come by and check the group out. What will I need to bring or is a good idea to bring.

    April 12, 2013

    • Brian R. P.

      I have two medium-sized gambesons in stock right now, one black and one brilliant yellow, some padded gloves, and swords.

      April 13, 2013

    • Brian R. P.

      NOTE: There is no requirement to use any particular brand/style of gear.

      April 13, 2013

  • Brian R. P.

    Note if it is raining--as the forecast suggests, we will move to either Dole Park or the pavilion at Kapiolani park, with scouts going to each area to signal whether or not there is space. The space at DOLE is small, but more likely available and more centrally located. We'll post word by 11 am on which is available.

    April 13, 2013

  • Brian R. P.

    It looks like Tuppence will be joining us--excellent! The Second cohort now includes Stephan, Jesse, Bianca, Joe, Christina and now Tuppence, as well! We met her at the Scottish Highland games -- beware, she has a knack!

    April 10, 2013

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