Last week's session was a bit of a step back from the week before, partly because I was teaching a new technique rather than just drilling, and partly because energy just wasn't there. I don't know if it was my lesson's pacing or just a lack of drive by that point on a Monday.
Rough outline for today:
Warm ups, stretches.
Using swords as focus mitts, getting people warmed up and in the mindset for longsword work.
Speaking Window drill.
[Start switching between the two every thirty seconds or so, and swapping partners every minute, as they don't rely on kit]
Practice cuts - 20 Zornhaus from the right, 20 Zornhaus from the left. 20 Zorn-Orts from the side that the person is most comfortable from. 20 Zwerches to the right. 20 Zwerches to the left.
Teach people how to infinity cut/figure of eight cut/ribbon cut.
Something like the drill Jon did at the open day. Person 1 attacks, person 2 defends. Unfortunately this needs everyone to have kit. Also, realistically, only three people can do it in the space at a time. So I'm tempted to say that those with kit get priority.
- Person 1 cuts oberhaus to either side without stepping. Person 2 tries to statically block without moving.
- Person 1 cuts oberhaus to either side and can step. Person 2 tries to displace them without moving.
- Person 1 cuts oberhaus to either side and can step. Person 2 tries to displace them or catch Person 1 with a thrust. Things are now a hell of a lot more cagey.
No idea whether this will work or not, but to be honest these 'no teaching, only learning' drill sessions depend a hell of a lot on who shows up and what mood they are in.