First up, attendance. Off the top of my head, there were seven people who trained before, three who were brand new really, Glorious Former Leader Johann and myself. Looking at it in terms of class structure, I'd break it down into about half the people being 'new', and half 'experienced'. What's more, a dozen people is really the upper boundary of the size of the space that we're training in.
Pretty much went through the drills as planned. People had a habit of starting the drills but cutting in, thus leading to trying to work with the wrong stimuli etc., and I tried to correct that were I saw it. Jakob had picked up on how 'theoretical' class had been, and made some good points. Good on him for not only thinking of it, but also telling me these things!
The warm-up laps of doom seemed to go down quite well, and also enforce the idea that we were there to train, but the 'intense' sparring for me didn't. I don't know if it was against the wrong people (some of the time I found it turning into free-play with the less experienced members), we weren't changing things around enough, or that the lack of kit was causing too many gaps. In any case, I wasn't really out of breath at the end of the thirty minutes or so it actually took, and I found myself doing quick sprints to stay warmed up. My sparring certainly sucked, just watch the above video.
Maybe it was just that I left my fightin' shorts in the washing machine.
I did play with a dagger with Frodo, who I'd briefly run through some Fiore dagger with outside of class, after that. It went quite well, but I think Jon's old point of 'If I'm unarmed, you have a knife, and you start doing the monkey-knife-fighting-dance, then I'm just going to run away' really held true. Still, it was fun to roll.
Plan for next week - Drills, drills, drills and drills. Stolen drills. Situation drills. Sticky swords drills. Footwork drills. MOAR DRILLS CAP'N
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