Well... that was interesting.
First session that I led class. On the spur of the moment, which wasn't ideal. Turn out was seven, including instructors and also one new person who showed up for the first time. Johann took him to one side to run him through introductory stuff, which I didn't really have much to do with.
Warm ups - 'wrist grabbing' game. Not that intense for me, but I think that some of the others got a bit more of an intense warm up seperately.
Then on to cutting practise, simply because people were holding longswords at the time. 10 fendente/zornhaus each, round the circle, to posta longa/langort, and then another set down to boar's tooth/pflug. Then back up with the false edge, rabat style.
Which led to the drill I did on the spurr of the moment. It began with a simple rabat set up, because that's what I could remember. Person A comes in from out of distance, goes for a fendente. Person B beats it upwards with the false edge from a low guard, clearing the centre line, and enters with a cut. I've done it with IDC, and also with Matt Easton's Schola Gladiatoria back in times long gone. Tried to emphasise that Person A's cut had to be realistic and with intent, and that B had to make use of the space that they had made.
At some point, one of the guys asked me if we could do some blade on blade stuff. Winding or whatever. So on the spur of the moment I modified the previous drill to have Person A, when their sword has been beaten away, pull it back and under/round Person B's blade, and come in with a thrust, protecting themself by going into Posta di Fenestra/Ochs. I forget the technical names for it, zucken or whatever. Kind of like the finishing section of this play.
TBH, people weren't getting it all that well. We haven't done anything like it really, and I probably wasn't explaining it too well. As area to think about and work on.
Final part, because lots of the time people couldn't clear their tip around the opponent's sword, I introduced coming in under a hanging guard (ochs/posta di fenestra again) to enter into grappling. Again, a bit rushed and poorly thought through, but hey.
After that, got people 'structured sparring', essentially starting quite close and being reset whenever they got too far apart, or used silly German meisterhau to win the drill.
Things people wanted to see more of: Wrestling at the sword. Winding.
Things I want to see more of: Planning, structure, clear explanations. Sure, I can do that move fine, but everyone else should have been able to do the zucken technique at least in the drill.
After that, sparring. Off the top of my head, sparred Johann, trying to offer him a choice of 'Either we can do this from the bind, or play a tempo and distance game in which I smack you on the hands.' I seemed to be re-assuringly all right at the tempo and distance game, but I hope that Johann's thumbs are ok, and am interested to find out his thoughts on it. Was a continuation from looking at the videos last week - none taken this week. Damn it.
Finally, sparred Ben. Good fun as always, and I tried to concentrate on using the basic German fundamentals well (offsetting, guards, meisterhau). Of course, he keeps getting better. Damn him! Never quite heard if he made his mind up about buying shinies though. Felt bloody unfit after though...
No guy whose hand I hit hard last week. Damn it.
Eugh. Feeling pretty shattered and an early start tonight, so hopefully I'll get a chance to come back and mull things a bit.
Conclusion: Hopefully worth the £5 for the regulars, and we did something a bit new. Need to build on it though.
Comments and Criticisms please!