Rush Attacks

Prerequisites

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

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Points of safety

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  • Avoid Running People Over: In a Rush Attack, you’re not trying to run your opponent into the ground, but rather trying to advance quickly and break through their defenses. Remain in control as you move forward.
  • Avoid Flailing: High-intensity moves like a Rush can lead to a loss of control. As you are moving forward, try to remain in control while you approach your opponent.
  • Closing Distance Is Risky: Make sure you are properly defending yourself. There is an equally high chance that you could get struck hard or give a hard shot in the maneuver.

General Points

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  • Rush, Don’t Charge: There is a difference between a Rush and Charge. A Rush is a short maneuver with a beginning and end. A Charge is a building of momentum.
  • Intentional Footwork: Even at speeds, your stance and footwork should not be compromised. Maintain your strong base as you move in on your opponent with each step.
  • Clearing the Blade: You must clear or address your opponent’s blade before you move in. Otherwise, you are just as likely to die as you are to get the kill.
  • Closing Distance: The purpose of closing distance is to enter into Close Range to enable your strike. It is not engaging in a tangle or a brawl with your opponent.
  • Striking In Close: While in close range with your opponent, it is more difficult to maneuver your sword so strikes become more about pressing the blade’s tip into your opponent than punching with a full strike.

Training Ideas

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  • Step By Step: Practice taking one step at a time through a Rush. Address the blade, step into range, and strike.
  • Get That Sword Out of My Face: Practice with your offhand redirecting your opponent’s blade out and away from you, even while in Close Range.
  • Move In Close Fast: Practice timing to exploit any opportunities that present themselves. An effective Rush is an explosive maneuver.

Assessment

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