Dagger

Prerequisites

You must have taken Range & Placement before taking this lesson.

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Points of safety

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  • Stiffer Blade: Daggers are shorter so their blades are stiffer. This means they are less flexible and hit harder.
  • Hand Becomes a Target: Your hand becomes a prime target while wielding a dagger. Be prepared to protect it accordingly and know how to call a hold when/if your blades become entangled. If you are striking at an opponent’s hand be mindful to gauge your shots.
  • In Close Kills: While in Close Range, your attacks become more about pressing the tip into your opponent than throwing a strong shot.

General Points

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  • Defense First, Offense Second: Even though it is an “offensive” side it’s primarily used for defense. Your sword should still be the primary striking weapon.
  • Wiper Blade: When blocking with your dagger it’s more about pushing your opponent’s blade and sweeping their blade out and away from you like the windshield wipers on a car.
  • Refused Stance: Standing with your offside side and back leg forward is considered a Refused Stance. This positions your dagger forward and gives your dagger maximum range.
  • In Close Kills: While In Close Range, your dagger becomes your primary weapon because it more easily maneuvers within those tight spaces. Try to keep your dagger free and use your sword to defend yourself.
  • Fighting Against a Dagger: An opponent using a dagger will attempt to sweep your blade away and close distance. Try to keep your opponent at range and your sword free. Remember that their sword is still their primary weapon.

Training Ideas

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  • Dagger Defense: With only a dagger, defend yourself against an opponent for as long as you can.
  • Getting In Close: Similar to Rush Attacks, practice closing distance, addressing the blade, and moving in for a kill.
  • Sticky Dagger: Before the fight begins, place your dagger on your opponent’s blade then attempt to keep it there throughout the fight and push the sword away from you.

Assessment

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