Sorry about being so late in posting this.
It was a good training session we went a little more in depth than usual because coronet was upcoming and we wanted to give the guys some confidence and some Moves that they might be able to use at the upcoming tournament So to get started we warmed up with some basic foot work drills. ( should I put descriptions of the drills in each time of is once enough? Let me know what you think?)
The slope step and the mirror step drill.
I always start with these two drills because I believe good foot work is the foundation for everything else.( the truth is I think I got that from a D&D book I read as a kid) But never the less I still believe it is true. And it is difficult to for them to pay attention to both footwork and Sword work at the same time.
After the foot work drills. We wanted to give them something practical that them could draw an immediate use from and would help them in coronet but would grow with them as there skill continued to grow. So we decided to introduce them to the concept of fighting to the second intention.
For those unfamiliar with second intention.
Text book definition
"Second Intention: an action used to draw a response from the opponent, which will open the opportunity for the intended action that follows, typically a counter-riposte."
This is a bare bones definition and in it self not very helpful. I will try to flesh it out a bit if I can. I wish my writing skills were stronger but never the less I will attempt to describe the concept to the best of my limited writing ability( if you want a more I detailed description find me at an event and give me a swig of scotch)
The first principle of SI Is to always be looking towards your next shot never the shot that you are throwing. ei. If you need to compromise the shot you are throwing to make your next shot better do it but if you are need to compromise your next shot to make the shot you are currently throwing better don’t do it. Why you ask? Because in the first situation you are building a better fight or as I like to think of it stealing time from your opponent. In the second situation you are losing time to you opponent. Time is important you want time you need time stealing time is the best way to beat a superior opponent. More on this at a later date
The second principle of SI
Be aware of the shots that you can throw and there threat level as well as what shots your opponent can throw and there threat level in this lies the hart of second intention
I use an A, B, C system for threat assessment
A, easiest to throw, least amount to commitment, Shots Most likely to hit me if I Blink, Least amount of tell
These are the best and most deadly shots
B, These are shots that will kill you if you are not paying attention but are relatively easy to block, But still need to be actively blocked, shots that have a decent amount of tell.
C, throw away shots, shots that are thrown at areas passively defended, Shot with a huge tell
More on this later
I ran kind of long and have barley scratched the surface .
I will continue this as time permits.