In our previous two posts we covered the Foundation of Footwork and Principles of Fighting. Now it is time to combine those skills and start learning how to use them in a fighting scenario. Here are some intermediate drills to start building your skills up.
Many forms of martial arts use a footwork star to help with placement and spacing. When it comes to attacking and retreating it is important to attack and retreat on different lines. This optimizes your rate of success allowing your feet to become part of your defense.
Sawtooth Drill or Circle Drill #2 both make great warmups. They help develop the muscle memory needed for the next step in this training. Ideally you want to be able to use these stepping methods without having to think about them or look down on the ground to make sure you are in the correct place.
Even though this drill is borrowed from another fighting system the concept is incredibly useful for armored fighting. When applying these principles to other weapons keep your range in mind. Longer weapons are better at longer distances and shorter weapons are better at closer distances. However, the ebb and flow of fighting is universal across the different styles.
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