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.

Here are some more :

Route of Rigor Orientation

With the approval of the Captain, and the support of the Officers and Swordsmen that have come before, you are about to take your next step on the path to swordsmanship.

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Winter Warrior Challenge

This challenge is meant to help you work on very basic fencing skills for 100 days. That’s just enough time before the fencing season starts again. Simply mark off each day you complete the exercise which will progressively get more and more challenging as time goes on.

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How excited are you for the season to start?

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