Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Sunday Sunday Sunday
So I went to Sunday practice again this past weekend and it was great. We had seven fighters and did some good work. I took it easy and just went for helmet time and a set against each person there. As expected, Oscad gave me the most trouble, but those were also my best fights. He said I was totally taking him out of his comfort zone, which was part of my goal. I also did a great thing against him: I did a wavy fake and struck at his leg, and he blocked it with a very pronounced window parry, which is the normal way to do these things. But it made his face look more open than if he'd been using a smaller shield, for some reason (I don't know why). So I did it again, only this time I tucked my elbow it, pronated my hand and thrust to his face. It worked great. I also re-discovered my ax. I'd used it in a fight at Birka and had fun with it. I found that with the viking shield it works well with a straight up, slightly squared Bellatrix style, and it's a lot of fun too.