Warm up - Jon's '3 person' game, concentrating on moving tactically and being aware of space. Brief but hard working. No more than 10 minutes.
Brief recap of last week - Four Guards, Using Ochs and Pflug to displace cuts and thrusts.
- Purpose, to jog people's memories, introduce people who missed last week. May take longer, depending on who is there.
Partnered drill 1 - One person cuts in from out of distance with a oberhau or unterhau, the other person displaces it using Ochs/Pflug.
Partnered drill 2 - The two people begin in the bind, one with the centre-line. The person who has it goes for a thrust, the other person displaces it.
- Purpose, to isolate the two main techniques of last weeks lesson again. Shouldn't take too long (three minutes each tops.)
Introduce the Zornhau - oberhau from the shoulder, point leading, at the opponent (not their sword), foot following.
- Purpose, to introduce something everyone is familiar with, but to break it down and analyse what makes it work.
- Don't lead with the hands, they get cut.
- Don't lead with the foot, not much power generated.
- Don't strike at the opponent's sword, you will no longer threaten them.
(Shouldn't take too long, 5 mins max. 10 inc. getting them to practice some).
Partnered drill 3 - One person cuts in from out of distance, the other person counters with a zornhau. The person who has the centre-line goes for a thrust (Zorn-Ort).
Next level - Same as before, except that the Zorn-Ort is displaced.
- Purpose, to isolate the function of a zornhau, and how it is used in sparring. The next level isolates displacing from the bind, but intergrates it into the bigger picture.
(Spend some time on this. 7 mins on each.)
Structured sparring IF THERE IS TIME - People spar. Only actions allowed are thrusts or zornhaus. Once they find themselves in the bind, they should try and stay in it. A third person referees/watches and tries to analyse with the people after what happened in that play.
- Purpose, to try and integrate these techniques in sparring, also to start thinking about other techniques from the bind (ie. Mutieren, Duplieren) to be introduced later.
Free sparring. Ask people to try and use the German guards that they have learnt. VIDEO IT IF POSSIBLE.
[Thoughts, conceptually, last week introduced the guards, and also absetzen. Next week will build on absetzen, and also introduce the first of the meisterhau, the zornhau. It's nothing particularly ground-breaking, but it'll still be working away at building the foundations of Lichtenauer's system. Comments and criticisms guys?]
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