Some Helpful Handouts!

Only three days left before we get back to Woodland! We’ve got a lot of fun things planned this year as you saw in yesterday’s post, but some of you might be feeling a little rusty and unorganized after a long winter. I know I am!

Never fear! If you’re someone who likes to get organized and make a game plan, then we have just the thing for you. Let me present a couple helpful handouts, but first thank you for taking the time to check the website and read this post. As a reward, please comment below or contact Kane/Miren directly by midnight tonight (Feb 26) with your name and the code word: YES PLEASE. Each person who does so before the time is up will be brought a cookie at Fencing Practice this Friday (March 1). These handouts can be a great way to jump start your season.

Both handouts come in a full and half page version which can be printed out to your hearts content. If we find that people enjoy these kind of handouts, we’ll be happy to make more!

February: Fencing Challenge Breakdown

We’re on the final month our Winter Warrior Challenge and we are less than 30 days away from a new season! I hope many of you have sufficiently relaxed over the winter and are itching to get back to Woodland. With that in mind, let’s shake off some of the rust and prepare with this month’s Fencing Challenge!

For February, we would like to give some easy workouts that can anyone can do before the season starts. These workouts are simple routines that can be done in a few minutes, but will have a huge impact on how you feel coming back to fight. Similar to our January Workout, we have listed out two work out options that you can implement as your life allows. The first option has smaller workout sessions that are done 6 times a week. The second option has a slightly larger workout but is only done 3 times a week. Additionally, every week will incrementally add more to ensure you don’t plateau throughout the month. Take your pick and get started today!

If you do not have a sword, use a wooden dowel or even a broomstick to practice point control and blocking exercises.

P.S. Print out our simple Workout Tracker to track your progress throughout the month

The goal of this month is to prepare for the upcoming season by following one of the workouts outlined below.

Workout 1 – workout 6 times a week

Week 1: 3 sets of 8 each

  • Point control – Circle a doorknob
  • Point control – Stab an object (something that won’t break)
  • Forward step in basic stance
  • Retreat step in basic stance
  • Left step in basic stance
  • Right steps in basic stance
  • +3 sets of blocks

Week 2: 3 sets of 10 each

  • Point control – Circle a doorknob
  • Point control – Stab an object (something that won’t break)
  • Forward step in basic stance
  • Retreat step in basic stance
  • Left step in basic stance
  • Right steps in basic stance
  • +3 sets of blocks

Week 3: 3 sets of 12 each

  • Point control – Circle a doorknob
  • Point control – Stab an object (something that won’t break)
  • Forward steps in basic stance
  • Retreat steps in basic stance
  • Left steps in basic stance
  • Right steps in basic stance
  • +3 sets of blocks

Week 4: 3 sets of 15 each

  • Point control – Circle a doorknob
  • Point control – Stab an object (something that won’t break)
  • Forward steps in basic stance
  • Retreat steps in basic stance
  • Left steps in basic stance
  • Right steps in basic stance
  • +4 sets of blocks

Workout 2 – workout 3 times a week

Week 1:

  • 10 Point control – Circle a doorknob
  • 10 Point control – Stab an object (something that won’t break)
  • 10 Forward steps in basic stance
  • 10 Retreat steps in basic stance
  • 10 Left steps in basic stance
  • 10 Right steps in basic stance
  • +1 sets of blocks

Week 2:

  • 15 Point control – Circle a doorknob
  • 15 Point control – Stab an object (something that won’t break)
  • 15 Forward steps in basic stance
  • 15 Retreat steps in basic stance
  • 15 Left steps in basic stance
  • 15 Right steps in basic stance
  • +2 sets of blocks

Week 3:

  • 20 Point control – Circle a doorknob
  • 20 Point control – Stab an object (something that won’t break)
  • 20 Forward steps in basic stance
  • 20 Retreat steps in basic stance
  • 20 Left steps in basic stance
  • 20 Right steps in basic stance
  • +3 sets of blocks

Week 4:

  • 25 Point control – Circle a doorknob
  • 25 Point control – Stab an object (something that won’t break)
  • 25 Forward steps in basic stance
  • 25 Retreat steps in basic stance
  • 25 Left steps in basic stance
  • 25 Right steps in basic stance
  • +4 sets of blocks

If you have any questions on how to perform these exercises, let us know in the comments.

January: Physical Challenge Breakdown

We’re half way through our Winter Warrior Challenge and it’s time to get a head start on 2019. I hope many of you took advantage of the holiday break and the many suggested activities in last month’s Grab Bag challenge. Now it’s time to get to January theme which focus on some Physical Training!

As is New Year’s tradition, many of us set goals to get into better physical shape during the coming year. We’ll train more. Go to the gym more. Eat healthier. But where to begin? 

For January, we would like to help out and give some suggested work outs that anyone can work on during the month. Listed out below are two work out options that you can implement as your life allows. The first option has smaller workout sessions that are done 6 times a week. The second option has a slightly larger workout but is only done 3 times a week. Additionally, every week will incrementally add more to ensure you don’t plateau throughout the month. Take your pick and get started today!

P.S. Print out our simple Workout Tracker to track your progress throughout the month

The goal of this month is to increase your physical fitness by following one of the workouts outlined below.

Workout 1 – workout 6 times a week

Week 1: 3 sets of 8 each

  • Pushups
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Lunges
  • Squats
  • Calf Raises
  • 30 sec. plank (done once)

Week 2: 3 sets of 10 each

  • Pushups
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Lunges
  • Squats
  • Calf Raises
  • 40 sec. plank (done once)

Week 3: 3 sets of 12 each

  • Pushups
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Lunges
  • Squats
  • Calf Raises
  • 50 sec. plank (done once)

Week 4: 3 sets of 15 each

  • Pushups
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Lunges
  • Squats
  • Calf Raises
  • 60 sec. plank (done once)

Workout 2 – workout 3 times a week

Week 1:

  • 10 Pushups
  • 10 Jumping Jacks
  • 10 Lunges
  • 10 Squats
  • 10 Calf Raises
  • 30 sec. plank

Week 2:

  • 15 Pushups
  • 15 Jumping Jacks
  • 15 Lunges
  • 15 Squats
  • 15 Calf Raises
  • 30 sec. plank

Week 3:

  • 20 Pushups
  • 20 Jumping Jacks
  • 20 Lunges
  • 20 Squats
  • 20 Calf Raises
  • 45 sec. plank

Week 4:

  • 25 Pushups
  • 25 Jumping Jacks
  • 25 Lunges
  • 25 Squats
  • 25 Calf Raises
  • 60 sec. plank

If you have any questions on how to perform these exercises, trying YouTubing them or let us know in the comments.

Glossary

Acute angle: An angle of less than 90 between the arm and the body, used by Thibault to indicate that the sword arm is sloping downward.

Attack of First Intention: An attack launched the moment the attacker comes into the First Instance, with no preliminary subjection of the sword.

Closing the straight line: Positioning the sword so that the opponent cannot enter without either dealing with one’s blade or being hit

Cut under the blade: A common fencing move in which the sword, engaging the opponent’s blade on one side, drops under and across to the other side to deliver an attack.

Degraduation: Moving the point of contact between blades toward the point, from Foible to Forte.

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Tabula V

Four levels of Feints

1st Kind

Is without any noticeable forward movement, (point does not pass defenders guard). The counter to this is to despise or ignore it, make no movement to guard against it.

2nd Kind

Is by leaning the body the adversary is able to reach the opponents wrist with their point. The counter is to quicken the arm and hand, straighten the body, raise the toes of the left foot while covering the adversary blade from above with superiority, on the side of the feint.

3rd Kind

Is by advancing the body (without forward foot movement) the adversary is able to reach the opponent’s forearm. The counter is same as to the 2nd with extending the body raising the right foot, turning the outside wrist out higher, raising the point at an obtuse angle as required to cover with a little advantage and superiority.

4th Kind

Is by advancing the body so far forward that the point is able to reach the defenders elbow, which as far as the opponent can reach without moving the feet. This would be recognized by the extreme forward movement, and must not be allowed to be completed. It should be turned aside by the defender taking a short step along the diameter, with the straight line sword extended.

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“The lover of this art, who will render themselves capable of it, will borrow courage and assurance of arms, even if they lack the certitude and dexterity of their usage by the feebleness of their forces.”

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Academy of the Sword

Girard Thibault Academie de l'Espee

Thibault's Alexander

For the love of this art I (Dubhglas of Annandale) have compiled this review of Girard Thibault d’Anvers Academy of the Sword (as Translated by John Michael Greer) upon the World Wide Web.

My Intent is to make available my personal study of this system, Illustrating key points while quoting brief passages, and providing additional illustrations and animation based upon my understanding. My interest is limited to the application of historical techniques within an enactment society.

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