The Order Garrison
What are your plans for the winter?
Breaking my foot during Woodland War and not being able to fight for a couple weeks has made me contemplate the end of the season coming up. When there are no more practices, what am I going to do? I feel I have been steadily improving over the last few months, and I'd hate to let myself go during the off-season.
Back in March when this season began, I felt like I could barely lift my sword. One thing I know I need to do, then, is work out my arm muscles. I'm not sure what that will involve yet. Perhaps I should look at that link @Kane Driscol sent me about 27 years ago... Other than that, I will probably continue to turn on some music and practice footwork, blocking, and striking a target in my living room. As simple as that sounds, I know it's training my brain to perform those same actions more quickly and accurately on the field.
What are your plans, if any, to keep your mind and body sharp this winter? I would love to hear your ideas.
@Edward, I know that @shay & @miren are working on getting a Winter Warrior Challenge ready for this winter with some new routines. I'm sure they would appreciate some suggestions on where to focus. Last year, the focus was on Blocks, Point Control, Footwork, and Blade Exercises, but those were a little too drastic and not realistically set up (which was my fault).
I do think some sort of mental routine would be a nice option. What are some things on your wish list?
@kane and @edward, I would really love some feedback. I agree that the challenges from last year were a little steep. I think there still should be a blocks challenge available but I think it should include days for your dominant hand and days for your off hand to keep your shoulders in balance as well as train both sides. I think the end goal shouldn't be as high, it needs more rest days, and I think interval training would be important for that particular challenge as well.
I'd like to see a foot work challenge, and a point control challenge but with more targeting and less circling. And I have been toying with a grab bag challenge as well. Like 100 different little things to do. But I'm not sure I'm that creative so more like 25, each done 4 times? I think this would take some brainstorming. I too have thought that a mental challenge would be extremely useful. What do you think @miren?
Also any one else out there that has suggestions I'd love to hear them. Thanks!
I think Footwork should be more basic and focused on general endurance and form instead of a lot of actual steps. Maybe a combination of holding the basic stance and taking something like 5 steps forward, backward, left, and right?
Point Control with an emphasis of targeting would require people to set up targets in some way. Whether that's hanging tennis balls, tape x's onto a wall, jenga blocks, etc... You would then just need to decide how many attacks need to be made per day.
Finally, with the Grab Bag idea, you could consider creating a separate, temporary Texting Group for people who are interested in receiving Daily Challenges of both a physical and mental nature. Come up with questions, challenges, exercises, or whatever that can be completed within a few minutes every day for 100 days.
I like the idea of a grab bag. Instead of doing 100 things for 100 days, you could do a weekly challenge. I'll have to think about that mentality challenge; as useful as I think it would be, I'm not having any brilliant ideas for implementation. Is the plan to include or replace the old routines (footwork, blocks, point control, blade exercises) this year?