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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 11 Oct 2010 13:01

Class tomorrow- sabre

Tomorrow's class will cover Victorian army officer's sabre again, with some different flow drills and I'll bring along some antique examples to handle.
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New Free Scholars!

We are celebrating four people making the grade and being recognised as Free Scholars - Arash Jamali, Stephen Parfitt, Tenniel Souter and Martin Wilkinson.
Congratulations to them!
The existing Free Scholars all agreed that these four are suitable for the rank and to celebrate their ranking next week (19 Oct) we will have a special 'Prize Playing' after the main class instead of the usual sparring session. This will basically involve making them each spar more or less contantly for an entire hour, with a variety of weapons. You are welcome to come and help hit them.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 13 Oct 2010 16:18

Yesterday's sabre class seemed to go well - I'm still finding my feet working out how to teach this stuff.
Definitely some headway being made; people seem to be starting to improve their attacks on the lunge, recovery and getting their swords in more or less the right places for the parries. Particular areas for improvement at this stage are:
Using the correct body mechanics in the cut, including making a proper lunge step.
Closing the lines properly with the guards and parries.
Retiring to guard quickly and smoothly.

Some people now want to buy their own antique swords after having a play with some of mine which I took to class, which makes me happy.

Next week the main class will be longsword, followed by the prize playing for the 4 new Free Scholars.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 20 Oct 2010 10:39

Last night we had a few more new people again, as well as some newish people and a selection of the regulars, resulting in the largest class we've had for about a year! As promised we focussed on longsword, basic drills due to the large percentage of new people in the class, alternating between gioco largo and gioco stretto responses to a simple fendente from the right, then developing further actions and reactions based on that initial exchange.
After the class our normal sparring session was instead occupied with a 'feat of arms' for the four new Free Scholars (Arash, Martin, Stephen and Tenniel), whereby they each had to fight for the full hour with any agreed weapons against all comers. The all did really well - I personally fought 3 of them and can say that all of them have made a lot of improvement in their backsword/sabre technique and all of them won a fair proportion of their bouts.
By popular request, next week we will be covering British infantry officer's sword again, with new drills and exercises.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 27 Oct 2010 10:48

This week we were missing a few regulars but had lots of fairly new people, so numbers were still high.

The class was sabre his week. I feel like I'm getting to grips with how to teach this stuff now - it's a very different method to teaching longsword and my progress has been helped along by an excellent 'new' 19thC manual I am reading (announcements about that will follow).

The class went something like this:

- Attention and coming on guard in tierce - solo
- Cut 1 on the lunge and recover - solo
- All cuts 1-6 in succession with recovery after each - solo
- All cuts 1-6 and thrusts 1 & 2 in succession with recovery after each - solo
- Moving up and down and giving cut 1 on command and recover - pairs
- Moving up and down and giving cut 1-6 named on command and recover - pairs
- Moving up and down and giving cut 1-6 or thrust 1-2 on command and recover - pairs
- Moving up and down and giving cut 1-6 or thrust 1-2 on command and recover - partner parries in quarte, prime or spadroon guard - pairs
- Standing still and parrying thrusts in quarte or with circular parry, with reposte, both recovering - pairs
- Finish with attention and salute

Sparring hour concentrated on sabre of course.

More of this next week I think, as I know several regulars who couldn't be there this week but are itching to do more sabre. And frankly, so am I.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby beowulf » 02 Nov 2010 19:34

due to strike action, i will not be able to make tonight.

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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 03 Nov 2010 11:47

Last night was sabre again. People are picking up the form quickly now in solo and paired drilling, but the points that need the most work are attacking on a proper lunge and recovering to guard quickly (ie. the most fundamental part of sabre). Predictably this also goes for the freeplay for the more experienced students, where the biggest flaw is that people need to attack from the correct distance on a lunge and recover to guard properly. On the plus side, people are starting to looking much more natural in their blade movements, both offensive and defencive and everyone seems to be putting parries in more quickly and instinctively.

Last night's class approximately went:
Solo cutting and thrusting drill
Paired cuts 1-6 against partner parrying everything with Prime and Seconde
Paired cuts 1-6 against partner parrying everything as they liked
Paired cuts 1-6 with parry and riposte
Paired cuts 1-6 with parry and riposte and parry

Tournout was good again, despite the tube strike.

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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 10 Nov 2010 13:14

Good turnout last night again. Covered pretty basic and standard Fiore longsword stuff, starting with solo cutting drills from numerous guards on both sides, then the 1-4 volta drill then the 1-2 volta driving forwards drill, then partnered drills alternating between gioco largo and gioco stretto, the introducing movement and feints, finishing off with a disarm.
4 of the newer people got their first freeplay intro.

Next week back to sabre.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 17 Nov 2010 16:32

Very good turnout yet again. Not sure what to do if we get more people as the hall is pretty much full now.
This week in sabre:
Solo - cutting and thrusting drills, with particular emphasis on the lunge and recover. People are getting better at this, but there is still a long way to go to making it more natural. People have come a long way in the coordination of attacks and parries and standing on guard.
Paired - approaching into distance, attacking and recovering, and then with defender parrying and reposting.
Paired - specific set plays from the engaging guard, opening with feints and drawing the defender into creating an opening.

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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 25 Nov 2010 11:48

This week we looked at attacking in Fiore's longsword.
Starting off with basic 1-4 solo drill, then 1-4 drill in pairs, with movement.
Paired techniques looking at attacking with a right-foot pass, both cuts and thrusts. First using feints, then using second-intention follow-ups. Finishing with following through with throws, locks and other close-in nastiness.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby Motley » 25 Nov 2010 17:39

1-4 solo drill?
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 26 Nov 2010 11:54

Cuts 1, 2, 3, 4 with associated footwork, done first in sequence, then randomly, then on command.

1 & 2 - fendente
2 & 4 - sottani (true edge)

All done with the arms continually extended.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 26 Nov 2010 18:50

SG1's Christmas 'Bash' will be on Tuesday 21 December. There will be games, competitions and possibly a clown.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 30 Nov 2010 16:10

Unfortunately I'm going to have to cancel class tonight, as the snow is rather heavy down here.
Hopefully back to normal next week!
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 13 Dec 2010 11:45

SG1 schedule over the festive period:

14 Dec - Sabre
21 Dec - Christmas Bash, with fun and games
28 Dec - NO TRAINING
4 Jan - Dagger and longsword

I'd like to do a group museum trip in Jan or Feb.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 05 Jan 2011 19:09

We got back to training last night and spent the whole session doing Fiore dagger defence drills, focussing on simple automatic reflexes rather than construction complex techniques - in other words we kept repertoire to a minimum and concentrated on success rate (or tried to :)).
The sparring session saw people mostly going at it with steel sabres and nylon longswords.

Next week will be longsword, perhaps looking at some aspects that we don't look at so often.

I am currently considering dates for the museum trip, but people in the pub after training reckoned that a Sunday would work. We haven't decided on the museums yet, except that we'll finish at the National Army Museum in Chelsea and then retire for a tasty beverage.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 07 Jan 2011 16:40

We are going on a museum trip on Sunday 23rd January to the British Museum, Wallace Collection and National Army Museum, meeting at 10.30am on the steps of the BM. Feel free to join us - I have put an event on the Schola facebook page:
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby Fab » 07 Jan 2011 22:07

I'd have loved to join, but it's too short notice for me.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 14 Jan 2011 18:48

This week saw a good sized class covering longsword drills, practicing engagement distances for attackers and defenders, moving into distance in the correct way, exchanging thrusts from tutta porta di ferro, rebatting from tutta porta di ferro, crossing largo and stretto from tutta porta di ferro and then dealing with an attacker coming into distance and giving an unknown attack defending from tutta porta di ferro (with follow up techniques for the more advanced students).
Everyone is getting better. The hot topic to focus on, across the board, is making sure that the correct parts of the blades crossing, relative to what you want to achieve.

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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 24 Jan 2011 12:01

Last week we worked on a sabre drill whereby people started off defending and reposting, as they wished, against a fixed sequence of cuts, starting from both the point down and point up engaging guards. Eventually this worked up to dealing with unpredictable and random cuts, followed by a reposte.

Yesterday we had a very well-attended club trip to three museums (British Museum, Wallace Collection and National Army Museum) covering arms and armour from the early medieval right the way through to the Victorian era. Hopefully some fun and interest was had by all. Thanks to all those who attended!

This week we will be doing longsword, with a focus on gioco stretto from the attack.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 26 Jan 2011 12:24

Fairly good turnout last night - some regulars not around, but some new faces instead.
Fairly standard longsword class with a focus on gioco stretto from the attack, opening with a fendente from the right and following up with voltas to the other side of the opponent's blade. Finishing off with counter-counter-counters (ie. disarms and grapples).
I had a particularly enjoyable bout with Martin at singlestick in the sparring session.
Oh and someone left a buckler behind, which I have.
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