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Fri, Feb. 16th, 2007, 06:28 pm
Crappy Footwork

OK, having now taken the time to properly look at and digest the videos I posted, I can now tell you how crappy they are.

More honestly, how crappy I am.  The steps I am taking are far too large, ruining any good effect gained by me using true time motions.  The problem with large steps is that they take time, more time than short steps.  Because you are moving in reaction to your opponents movement, your movement must be smaller than his, else his movement will end before yours does.

I was able to get away with such poor footwork because I was moving fast, Reiver was moving slow, and not wholly in true time.  If he had been, I would have been a lot more hurt than I was.

The thing that disturbs me is that I was actively trying to take small steps, and I thought I was.

Hobbles would be the next order of business, but I think that might be a bit too kinky for some people.

Fri, Feb. 16th, 2007 06:03 am (UTC)

For the record, my footwork and stance were absolutely atrocious. And that's before we look at True Time, and the way my weapon grip was always being screwed up an readjusted... erf.

I hereby suggest we have a practice session at fixing this shit, and redo those videos afterwards so it's less embarrasing. :p

Fri, Feb. 16th, 2007 06:05 am (UTC)

But if we update the videos, we won't be able to say, several months hence, "we may suck, but look how we used to be!"

Fri, Feb. 16th, 2007 06:11 am (UTC)

I was mostly thinking along the lines of these being semi-instructional, and looking like complete idiots in the eyes of other WMA groups who watch such atrocious manouvers by supposedly 'serious' practitioners is possibly deletrious to our reputations and credibility. :p

Fri, Feb. 16th, 2007 06:29 am (UTC)

I'm really not very concerned what other people think of me, particularly over the net. And if anyone does have an opinion that I think is worth listening to, they'll be the kind of person who actually reads what I'm writing ;)

Fri, Feb. 16th, 2007 06:43 am (UTC)

I was more thinking along the lines of 'No, no, you're doing it wrong! This is how it's done! Only to have them load it, eye it, and write your ideas off as 'wishful thinking' because it is blatantly evident that you don't know what you're doing, and can't fight for crap. ;P

Fri, Feb. 16th, 2007 07:37 am (UTC)

Thankfully, I don't think that will be much of a problem. The kind of people who wil be reading this tend to be all about constant improvement. Colin is probably the harshest critic I know, and I'm basing a lot of what I'm writing on what I can recall of what he's taught us.