Class notes – 27/10/2010

Continuing with my exploration of unbalancing as a method of breaking structure, we did some drills with the dagger.  From a start position, both Players facing one another, the Companion attacks the Player using a mezani dritto.  The Player, covering using the first master remedy, brings his second hand to bear and flows with the Companion, forcing him off-balance.  This is accomplished by stepping backwards, into or in a circular fashion.  What is important is not so much footwork, but the understanding of the mechanics involved in accentuating the Companion’s commitment to an attack.

We also played with the disarm of the first remedy master, as well as the third master.  Finally, we implemented the drills I had asked my Companion-level students to come up with in a previous Companion class.  See the relevant post for those drills.