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January staff curriculum

This month we are working on staff technique. I will be teaching off this rough outline. Basics Weapon familiarity: different grips, passing from one side to the other, left lead, right lead While pacing Making a zoned hit to a … Continue reading

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Attacking without telegraphing, and adapting to it

Theme of this training was smooth entries without telegraphing, and adapting to the opponent’s movements to maintain your superior position no matter what nonsense he pulls. Shadowboxing in mirror with various weapons (stick, broadsword, short arming sword, longsword). Conceal your … Continue reading

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Training notes 9/4/2010

Working on developing a curriculum. This stemmed from that impulse, plus wanting to cover some box stuff.¬†Everything done from both leads. Warmup: 5 strikes from point Stepping out from point in 8 directions (4 with each leg, no crossing over, … Continue reading

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Short-stick practice at Gasworks

Second to last park workout of the summer… we worked on some strength and balance exercises, and finished with working on hand-first timing with passing step. The first set of drills are from my friend Vernon… his idea is that … Continue reading

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Free hitting / box system practice

Working the five strikes (inside high, outside high, inside cut short, outside cut short, and stab) with passing step footwork. Focus on hand – body timing (throw the strike out first, let the body follow it). First, dry hits solo. … Continue reading

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Longsword practice 7/16/2010

Working pressure responses off of zornhau bind Partners face off with left foot forward, vom tag hand position (hands drawn in close to chest, sword tip straight up). Attacker initiates with #1 attack to defender’s head following with passing step. … Continue reading

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Staff workout – January 16

Working on the transition from staff to empty hand Hits off the back with single stick (crunches) between exercises. Emphasize full body use, opposite shoulder coming in on back hand. 6×50 (100 hits/set) Forehand hit with staff dry- full step … Continue reading

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Figure 8s workout – 1/2/10

First workout of the new year and I woke up with a cold on January 1st, so workout design had the extra feature of ‘keep contact stick to stick’. I was looking to relate the mechanics of the internal figure … Continue reading

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Workout 2009-12-5

Couple newbies today — staff basics lecture Hold long end out at side Hit like you’re doing a pushup – both arms fire Roll the hit or the stab, rolling back to ready position after hit (wrong: pull back and … Continue reading

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Latosa Seminar notes for 2009-11-14 (morning session)

A few brief notes on what was covered in the first morning session. This was an open seminar with people of all experience levels attending. The material was accessible for all levels- a focus on the basics with some foreshadowing … Continue reading

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