Training Diary Lesson Four, October 6, 2009

by Kevin | October 6th, 2009

Having visited all the dagger lines, we started in on the meat of the material. We are starting with finding the sword with the dagger at the beginning of the action. Further, all dagger counter parry actions are done at the master’s choice, such that any one of the reposts (or initial attack), will succeed. This prevents the student from anticipating the action and making short attacks or reposts to “win” the drill.

  1. From the Master’s invitation in 3rd, straight thrust.
  2. In time, as the Master changes from engagement to invitation, straight trust.
  3. From the Master’s engagement on the inside, disengagement
  4. In time, as the Master attempts to enagage on the inside line, disengagement
  5. In time, blade seizure in 4th, glide
  6. From Master’s invitation in low third, straight thrust to the wrist
  7. In time, from Master’s attempted engagement on the inside line, disengagement to the wrist
  8. In time, from Master’s attempted engagement on the outside line, disengagement to the wrist.
  9. Instructor’s choice of 6-7 with advance.
  10. Instructor’s choice of 6-7 with retreat.
  11. Strips of 9 up, 10 back.
  12. In time, blade seizure with the dagger in 3rd, glide
  13. In time, blade seizure with the dagger in 3rd, glide, dagger counter-parry of 1st, repost
  14. In time, blade seizure with the dagger in 3rd, glide, dagger counter-parry of 1st, repost with pass and hit with the dagger
  15. In time, blade seizure with the dagger in 3rd, glide, dagger counter-parry of 1st, dagger counter-parry of 3rd, repost
  16. In time, dagger parry of 4th, repost direct
  17. In time, dagger parry of 4th, repost direct, with pass
  18. In time, dagger parry of 4th, dagger counter-parry of  3rd, repost
  19. In time, dagger parry of 4th, dagger counter-parry of  3rd, dagger counter-parry of 1st, repost
  20. In time, dagger parry of 4th, dagger counter-parry of  3rd, dagger counter-parry of 2nd, repost
  21. In time, blade seizure with the dagger in 1st, glide
  22. In time, blade seizure with the dagger in 1st, dagger counter-parry of 3rd, repost
  23. In time, blade seizure with the dagger in 1st, dagger counter-parry of 3rd, dagger counter-parry of 2nd, repost
  24. In time, blade seizure with the dagger in 2nd, glide
  25. In time, blade seizure with the dagger in 2nd, dagger counter-parry of 3rd, repost
  26. In time, blade seizure with the dagger in 2nd, dagger counter-parry of 3rd, dagger counter-parry of 1st, repost
  27. In time, blade seizure with the dagger in 2nd, dagger counter-parry of 3rd, dagger counter-parry of 2nd, repost
  28. From Master’s invitation in 3rd, three straight thrusts, EOL

Notes: I tend to make large dagger parries on the third intention.

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