Manual of Instruction for single stick drill - HMSO - 1886

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Manual of Instruction for single stick drill - HMSO - 1886

Postby Thearos » 14 Nov 2012 20:40

I don't think this one's on the forum:

http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j& ... MdCW8UM7QA

(I've been reading the paper copy)
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Re: Singlestick manual 1886

Postby Thearos » 14 Nov 2012 20:45

40 hours of lessons=

10 hours of solo drill
15 hours of paired practice
5 hours of partial loose play (one attacks, one defends, occasional riposte allowed)

remaining 10 hours: each hour divided in 30 minutes of practice, 30 minutes of full loose play.

After this drill, 6 drill sessions with an instructor before being allowed to compete. If failure to satisfy instructor, 20 more hours of instruction.

(NB this for cavalrymen. Leadcutting, bayonet, swordfeats: not compulsory but encouraged).

ha !
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Re: Singlestick manual 1886

Postby Thearos » 14 Nov 2012 20:54

Also: infantrymen, when pratising the sword, tend to scurry around; cavalrymen should not learn this habit: in the saddle, they can't shuffle out of the way, so they have to learn to be very firm, and take all blows on their guard and dish it back out. So now you know.

And also: only 4 cuts-- cavalrymen don't need rising cuts !
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Re: Singlestick manual 1886

Postby admin » 14 Nov 2012 22:20

http://www.antique-swords.co.uk/

I like swords more than you.
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Postby admin » 14 Nov 2012 22:22

Great find!
http://www.antique-swords.co.uk/

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Re: Singlestick manual 1886

Postby Dave Long » 23 Nov 2012 12:56

Thearos wrote:Also: infantrymen, when pratising the sword, tend to scurry around; cavalrymen should not learn this habit: in the saddle, they can't shuffle out of the way ...

If your cavalrymen could ride[0] (and were reasonably mounted), they could indeed shuffle[1] to control distance, but given the apparently pitiful standard of equitation, yeah, better to counsel a solid parry-riposte game.

[0] slogan: for mounted fencing, good footwork beats fancy bladework (the difficulty being to coordinate all 6 feet)
[1] a "leg-yield" at the most basic, going up through canter travers and on to whatever the rejoneo people call their galloping full pass, in which they open distance by shuffling sideways faster than the bull charges forwards
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