This blog is a discussion of SCA fighting. I've been fighting in the SCA since 1979, I've won a crown and a coronet. The biggest knock on my fighting, according to one duke, is that I try to learn everything. This may be bad for my quest for strawberry leaves but it is good for the people who read my blog.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Nutley, Ash Wednesday
Nutley! Odd thing. I journaled each of my first 13 sets at Aedult Swim immediately, as I came off the field. But looking at some of the video, I still got a lot of things wrong.
Tonight was Nutley and I really needed some helmet time. I only had four opponents, but that was enough. I fought Stephan, then Arne, then Aquila, then Brenan.
The only technique I was practicing was remember how to fight. Somehow, i had forgotten.
Ok, that's not true. What was really happening was that, per Brian's advice, I was trying to find ways to end the fight quickly. This meant abandoning the thing I've been working on most over the past five years, defense and counter punching. I am back to being aggressive and taking the initiative. Not really a good plan against Stephan.
Stephan, as usual, hit me so hard I wanted to re pad my helmet. I never laid stick on him. He said Immade him work, but I think he was just being kind.
Arne won our first two fights, then I bore down. He's improved his snap, meaning there's something else to guard against besides the off side body now. He's still susceptible to wraps and an only school figure eight attack rattles him.
Aquila, being an inch taller than I, takes away all my good angles. He's tough, but I managed to take his leg three times and kill him a few times.?
Brenan was a great fight. He is also great at breaking down a fight and analyzing it.
I know how to throw the right uppercut, and how that becomes the right cross with a broadsword. I teach it. It's the same shot Brenan was drilling me on tonight. But I can't throw it. Not from the A frame, which is where it comes from. That's, as Brenan puts it, the Master Farrell boxing style. I've been working it into my pell work. Brenan and I spent some time going over it.
Brenan's advice was not to cede the center. I can control the center with my thrust, but I went away from that for the practice.
Anyway, great practice!
There are 65 days until Crown. My next time in armor will be this Sunday at Iron Bog