Mulling over things, the idea of going back to basics with the Lichtenauer system and working upwards into more complex stuff is definitely appealing if I teach more. Got to think about IDC a bit some time too.
|And this art / is quite earnest and righteous, and it goes / from the nearest in search of the closest and / goes straight and right when you wish to / strike or thrust. [Text from Dobringer, Picture from von Danzig.]|
The guards (Vier Leger) - cue moment in the pub of 'These are my guards. There are many like them, but these four are mine.'
- Ones that present a clear threat (Ochs, Pflug, Vom Tag). How Alber doesn't, but how by inviting an attack it takes the initiative.
- How some of them are hanging guards, (Ochs and Pflug), and how they displace an attack. Introduction.
A drill to get people more comfortable with displacing an attack, similar to Jon's blocking drill. ie. Person A attacks with either a downwards or an upwards cut, and Person B displaces it with their point on-line. Degrees of complexity. OR Start in the bind, Person A thrusts, Person B displaces it. [It's a question of how isolated the technique needs to be - it can be used either from zufechten or the if the feeling of the bind is right. I guess the second drill isolates it more, but feels more isolated/artificial. Sticky swords is good, but not the foundation of teaching.] Isolation.
The beginnings of a core drill that a hell of a lot can be built from - Person A attacks with a Zornhau, Person B counters with a Zornhau of their own, and whoever has the centre line thrusts (the good old Zorn-Ort). Whoever receives that thrust displaces it by moving into either Ochs or Pflug. [Srsly, from this kind of drill you could build up almost all the bindwork]. Intergration
Sure, there's a lot of conceptual baggage not explicit there, hell it doesn't even include the iconic Meisterhau-s. But it seems as good a place as any to start.