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Postby Paul B » 04 Feb 2009 17:31

Training is cancelled at SG6 tonight, as I am ill
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Postby Colin F. » 04 Feb 2009 18:36

I see the allergy to wood finally caught up with you!
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Postby Paul B » 05 Mar 2009 10:58

Last night saw our biggest class ever!

So, there was fighting.


But considered fighting. Cautious fighting. Because if they were not cautious, they got bloody pressups.
Interestingly, it ended up looking a lot more like steel sparring, because it was basicaly a control excersise. The minions were instructed to fight in earnest, but to pull their blows (light contact only) after a good hours worth of control drills.

So it gets me thinking - maybe its not fear of ones opponents weapon that contributes to the different aspect of steel sparing, but fear of ones own. Thereby removing one of the principal reasons that steel only groups use to justify a lack of triangulation.

Oh well, we will see what happens when we spar with steel next month.
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Postby admin » 05 Mar 2009 11:22

I've found exactly the same thing actually. When caution is imposed with weighted shinai then the result looks more like steel/nylon sparring. To me, my recent steel fight with Neil at SWASH did not feel any different to a cautious shinai bout.
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Postby admin » 05 Mar 2009 11:23

p.s. Congrats on the turnout!
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Postby Paul B » 05 Mar 2009 12:01

admin wrote:p.s. Congrats on the turnout!


14 people turned out and 2 new members signed up. Lots of enthusiasm for fightcamp as well. :D
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MANCHESTER !!!!!

Postby Paul B » 09 Apr 2009 19:55

Schola Gladiatoria will now be putting on regular monthly training sessions in Manchester!
This will cover the same material as SG6

Saskia has pulled out the stops and got us a training venue:

Sugden Sports Centre (University of Manchester)
Activity room 1
114 Grosvenor Street
Manchester
M1 7HL
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Spitting distance from Manchester Piccadilly

Date/Time: Sunday 3rd May, 11 AM- 5 PM
People should bring their own lunch, drinks etc.

Please email or PM me to book your place. You can bring other people along, but be aware that I have limited amounts of kit.
I have enough kit for 12 people, so if you have your own shinai, sword, fencing mask, gloves or body protection, please bring them! (and let me know what you are bringing)
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The Guardsman Visits SG6

Postby Paul B » 23 Apr 2009 12:11

AWESOMEAWESOMEAWESOMEAWESOMEAWESOME
AWESOMEAWESOMEAWESOMEAWESOMEAWESOME
AWESOMEAWESOMEAWESOMEAWESOMEAWESOME



*Ahem* -

Neil did us the honour of popping over and showing us how to hurt people with a dagger. Silly Italian nonsense aside, Niel is a fantastic instructor and had the SG6 crew eating out of the palm of his hand.

Videos and images are in the works.

Cheers Neil!
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Postby The Guardsman » 24 Apr 2009 09:46

My pleasure Paul!

I'll have to set another date up maybe before fightcamp.
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Postby Paul B » 05 May 2009 12:34

The first of the regular training events in Manchester went very well, with 18 attendees and another 8 people on the "reserve list" (hopefully you will get a chance to come next month).

So, they learned that a sword is not a crow bar, how to cut and how to stay the hell out of the way.
They learned that they already knew how to use feeling and judge distance.
They learned that they could fight, even though they thought they couldnt.
They had a bucket load of fun.

I learnt that I know nothing.
If they ever find that out, I'm sunk.
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excellent introduction

Postby pauledwardwalsh » 09 May 2009 14:08

I thought Paul ran an excellent class, and gave a very interesting and fun intro into the world of European Martial Arts.

There were a variety of martial artists there from various sword arts and empty hand schools and I thought Paul did a brill job of keeping them interested and engaged.

On a personal note: I did learn the sword is not a crowbar, but it didnt stop me weilding it like one :)

I took the bucket of fun home with me. :wink:

Cheers for the Class Paul. I hope there are more planned.

thanks again

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Postby Paul B » 09 May 2009 15:42

cheers Paul, its great to get good feedback. See you at the next one?
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next one

Postby pauledwardwalsh » 10 May 2009 17:17

I would like to come along.

Because of various commitment issues, I need to know well in advance when the next one will be.

Have you or Saskia made plans yet?

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Postby Paul B » 10 May 2009 18:13

most probably the 14th of June
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SG6 summer tournament

Postby Paul B » 10 Jun 2009 22:30

Tonight's session was the setting for the 1st annual SG6 summer tournament.

There were 8 competitors, ranging from complete newbies to seasoned members. Bouts were 2 mins and judged by myself and Colin for quality of fencing. Several bouts were so even that we decided on a sudden death playoff.

I was very pleased with the overall performance of all involved, nice tactics coming into play, well thought out approaches and a good sense of cover.

In the final were Phil Bakes and Mark Laiman. Both fought a good hard bout and were evenly matched in the 3 min final. In the end, a 3 point playoff decided the winner -

Mark claimed a fine Ubershinai as his prize, but more than this, the honour and glory of being the first SG6 Summer Tournament Champion!

Well done all.
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Postby Paul B » 23 Jun 2009 16:18

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Postby Cutlery Penguin » 09 Jul 2009 21:22

Thanks to Paul, Colin and all the folk at SG6 for last night. I had a great time and it was a lot of fun trying some weird German crap.

If you're in the area I thoroughly recommend Paul's classes, he has a knack for teaching difficult concepts through the use of increasingly complex drills.
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Postby Paul B » 11 Jul 2009 10:56

Cheers OZ, was very enjoyable to have you visit.

There is only one rule though
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Postby Cutlery Penguin » 11 Jul 2009 11:36

Paul B wrote:There is only one rule though


Pfffff not if you are actually having a fight...
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Postby Paul B » 11 Jul 2009 16:38

its a guideline - a good guideline, but thats not a rule
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