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Sun, Mar. 4th, 2007, 04:36 pm

Belated posting, but at least it's here. On Thursday we covered pollaxe, and we had a much better turnout and training overall. Reiver was away with car/computer problems, but Patchy and DarkKnite showed up, and DarkKnite brought a friend to watch, who kindly took some of the footage for us. Having all of us being being the more experienced of the group was an added bonus, as we could go straight to working on our technique at a higher level of training. This year, I have decided that we will be carrying through with all of our techniques, rather than being "polite" and not finishing them. Still not going full force, as it is only training, but contact must certainly be made. The only exception is the throws. Since we are training on the asphalt, we thought that woudl be more than just polite.

We worked on two techniques, the back lever throw, and the queue sweep. You can take a look at our efforts in this video [video]. There are several things worth noting. Firstly, as demonstrated in the first segment, it is critical to push on your opponents shoulder, to get it to rotate. It is this rotation that llows you to throw your opponent. It is also just as critical to keep you queue on line with you opponents face, otherwise they can simply raise their axe and push you away, as you can see me doing to Patchy in the third sequence. It is also worth noting the our technique is, again, poor. We are both stepping far too much on the second step to place our foot behind our opponents.

In the second part of the video, you can see DarkKnite and I working on the queue sweep again, only this time, I'm not stepping to much. I was rather pleased to see myself actually managing that. Throughout the video, you can also see how little I step when making a tour de bras. This was also good to see, as it was something I was working on. It it truly surprising to someone who hasn't done it before how powerful a relaxed strike can be.

The final thing worth noting is that it is again critical to make sure that in executing a queue sweep, your queue does not sweep too far [video] beyond your opponent. It should pretty much come to rest where it strikes, in between you both. A short sharp knock is all that is needed to deflect the incoming blow.

We also shot some footage trying to illustrate the geometric "trick" I mentioned previously. I don't think we've really done it justice, and on review I don't think my stepping is quite right, but it may serve to illustrate the point. The first critique that should be made is that in the first sequence, I am not correcting my left foot. It should be rotating to bring my left shoudler out of range, and allow me to extend my arm further. You can see me eventually get it right(ish) later on in the video.

I also got hold of the USB cable for Bnonn's camera, so have some footage of Tuesday's training. We covered true time strikes, and did some slow work with them, as described below as the "arthritic man" [video]. We also, as mentioned below, covered some little kampfringen [video] that I could remember from last years conference.

Two extras on the end of this post:

  1. I will be moving to Auckland shortly, having gotten a new job at Fisher and Paykel, designing mouth/nose interfaces for humidifiers. I will thus be moving from HSEMA to ASEMA, where I will continue my studies and instruction of Le Jeu de la hache, and gaining the benefit of the tutelage of Colin, which I intend to improve my footwork and sense of timing.
  2. It is early stages yet, I know, but I would like to know how large my audience is. If you're reading this blog regularly or semi regularly, please leave a comment to this post, if only to say "hi". Thanks

Sun, Mar. 4th, 2007 09:50 am (UTC)
reaverta

One.

Sun, Mar. 4th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
southernmyst

I'll do one better than just say hi -- I'll friend you! Bwuahaha! ;)

Mon, Mar. 5th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): I Am Bnonn!

Forj, I demand that you force LiveJournal to integrate with blogger so that you can list the RSS feed from my new HEMA blog in your "Friends" section. K?

http://bnonneh.blogspot.com/

Tue, Mar. 6th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): The videos are great

(Colin) I have to say the video footage is an awesome training tool. Seeing the videos here is making me think I need to do something similar up here in Auckland.

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