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Postby admin » 24 Mar 2010 12:05

This week we covered spear basics again, as half the class were not there for it last week.
Soon on the agenda: rebatting thrown weapons.
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Re: SG-1 Ealing

Postby admin » 29 Mar 2010 10:10

Tomorrow I will have two of the newest versions of the Knight Shop nylon longswords and also two of the new one-handers at training for people to play with.
These are heavier than the previous incarnations, with more blade presence. They are likely to end up as the 'drilling line' rather than the sparring line, due to hitting a bit hard. But we'll have a play and report back on what we think.
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Re: SG-1 Ealing

Postby beowulf » 03 May 2010 18:58

ok guys , we are an instructor down.
And would like to know what is going on tomorrow night.

Will we have the club shinai's and nylons to play with or will we be out of equipment.
not all of us have the equipment to hand.

what time will the doors open and what time will the training start.

For those taking the session i purpose a sparring session with a focus on performing the repertoire that we have under pressure, so maybe a more co-operative sparring session for a bit, where a bit more ley way is given to a chosen person to become more comfortable to perform there repertoire while under a bit more pressure than in the training sessions, where one person attacks and one defends.

A idea, which took off at SG4 and has made us a bit more responsive under pressure and more unpredictable when fighting or sparring with.
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Re: SG-1 Ealing

Postby admin » 03 May 2010 19:21

Hi Martin,
the times are as normal, so doors open 7.45pm and class starts soon after. Stephen has the key and the club wasters. There are no club shinai. Simon will be taking the first session, with assistance from the other Free Scholars present, and the second session will be sparring as per normal.
Have fun and be careful!
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Re: SG-1 Ealing

Postby admin » 19 May 2010 10:46

Good session last night. Whether people realise it or not, what we are focusing on at the moment is how to attack in a Fiore fashion. I think that there is a general lack of study on how to attack amongst longsword people (and an over-emphasis on countering), so I'm trying to remedy that.

The sparring session was good fun as well, all rapier and backsword for me last night. The mixed-weapon sparring sessions are starting to show real improvement in the group across a range of weapons.
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Re: SG-1 Ealing

Postby admin » 16 Jun 2010 16:37

A very good turn out last night, and yet more new beginners!
We concentrated on the basic defender in Largo and attacker in Stretto plays. I had intended to spend a whole session looking at thrusting and counter-thrusting, but there were too many new people, so we stuck with more regular stuff.
Some good quality bouting as well, particularly the guys doing some steel longsword who aren't used to it - Stephen for his first time. Gavin is getting harder to fence with steel sabres.
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Re: SG-1 Ealing

Postby admin » 17 Jun 2010 09:28

Stephen's first bout with steel longswords with me:
http://www.youtube.com/user/scholagladi ... u_WOHgw5eA

Gavin and me having a play with steel sabres:
http://www.youtube.com/user/scholagladi ... _u5ljpgxOQ
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Re: SG-1 Ealing

Postby beowulf » 06 Jul 2010 15:54

Request for tonights session.

Can we make it more intense , i.e. physically.

Maybe more co-orperative sparring, instead of just bashing the hell out of each other, a target is produced. Like we did a couple of weeks ago. I learnt a lot, especially on my footwork placements and how to improve them.
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Re: SG-1 Ealing

Postby admin » 14 Jul 2010 10:53

Immense turnout last night! Not really enough space in the hall..
Hopefully some keen new beginners have got the bug.
In sparring it was good to see more tidy technique in the longsword and various people are getting much better at backsword as well. Particular credit to Chloe and Holly for starting to close with each other and use decent Fiore techniques.
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Re: SG-1 Ealing

Postby admin » 21 Jul 2010 11:36

A pretty good turnout last night with a fairly high proportion of new-ish people. We played with basics of gioco largo longsword at different ranges and with different options. Sparring was concentrated on longsword and arming sword with nylons.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 06 Sep 2010 10:42

It's been ages since I put an update, so here goes:

Some new regular students which is good. August has been quieter, as is usual with people being away on holiday, FightCamp etc. The last two sessions have been on dagger - specifically defence against dagger - concentrating on basic defensive skills rather than advanced techniques, as a lot of the newish people have not done dagger before.

Staring from this week we will return to focus on unarmoured longsword and trying to incorporate more flow-drills in the next couple of weeks. Also I want to get people working from the bind more.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 08 Sep 2010 10:12

Despite the tube strike we had an okay turnout last night.

The exercises we covered were:
1) Extended flourish (set of logical movements) done individually then as a speed competition.
2) Working from the bind (gioco largo and gioco stretto), experimenting with different pressures on the blade and appropriate responses.
3) Reflex drill from gioco stretto cross, with three blade pressures and three fixed responses.
4) The first gioco largo set drill running through to the original attacker winning by taking it to gioco stretto halfsword.
5) Sparring to 5 points, using Eggleton Cup rules with disqualification for 2 double kills.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 08 Sep 2010 12:29

Next week (14th Sept) Paul Bennett is visiting and running us through some longsword flinch reaction drills based on Liechtenauer lineage teachings.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 15 Sep 2010 11:58

Paul ran the aforementioned class last night to a good turnout, finishing to rapturous applause!
It was a very interesting and insightful class - Paul comes at Liechtenauer from a different angle than I have seen taught by others and I look forward to seeing more of his teaching soon. The attendees all enjoyed it and were very appreciative to Paul for giving up his evening.
People wanting to learn more from Paul can of course come to the 'FightDay' event on 13 November in Ealing (listed in the Events section).
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby Stephen P » 15 Sep 2010 13:08

It was a good and interesting session.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 24 Sep 2010 10:24

A good session this week with 20 people, we worked primarily on turning the first extended play of gioco largo into a flow drill, with interesting results. We'll definitely be doing that more, and I'll work other largo and stretto plays into flow drills. I had two good bouts with Stephen and Martin, both of whom are steadily progressing at longsword. The nylons are still working well (especially the stiffer prototypes), but some people need to get better gloves or defend their hands better!
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 06 Oct 2010 12:13

Last night SG1 had their first proper formal military sabre lesson and I really enjoyed it (they seemed to also!). It makes a stark contrast to our normal sessions working with Fiore's weapons.

As an introduction I am showing a sort of generic style that covers some of the common features between Henry Angelo, Henry Charles Angelo, Burton and Hutton. It's surprisingly difficult to do, because of the differences between the sources, which of course must be mentioned for context. At this stage however I want to give a foundation of basic generic British military sabre, so that we have a sort of 'average' foundation from which to look at individual manuals. Some of the class have read Hutton's Cold Steel, though for various reasons I would rather steer clear of that source in classes. The first source we are likely to concentrate on is the army regulation Sword Exercise for Infantry of 1845 (by Henry Charles Angelo), as all manuals written after 1845 in Britain refer to, criticise or build on these (Burton's work is basically designed to replace them). They were also the standard work for British officers (and Police!) until 1895 when a new sword type and a new fencing system were introduced.

The class has requested that we again cover sabre next week, so I will be bringing along a variety of infantry officer's sabres (British, French and Swiss), to show the variations between about 1845 and 1890, as well as my original copy of the 1845 army regulations for sword exercise.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby KeithFarrell » 06 Oct 2010 17:57

May I ask why you don't want to use Hutton's Cold Steel as a main source for your lessons? I'm just starting to get into the sabre manuals, so I'm not yet sure which manuals are good to work with and which ones I shouldn't worry about much.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 06 Oct 2010 21:48

I'll try to answer that question if you start it as a thread in the main HEMA part of the forum. :)
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby KeithFarrell » 07 Oct 2010 09:55

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