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.
To get started the 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.
The next step is to get your footwork synchronized with the timing of your opponent. The Elastico Drill and Speed Drill Part 2 are the building blocks for this next drill.
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.
This article gives you a preview into the type of training found at Ironside Medieval Combat. If you like what you see come give one of our classes a try! We also offer online classes for those of you who live far away – Sign up for Online Classes.
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Martial arts is all about training and perfecting the art. No matter how many tournaments you win, students you train, there is always more to learn. Even if you are the undisputed champion of the world your body will change as you get older. Injuries will take their toil, old age will set in slowing your reflexes, when that happens a fighter is left with some choices to make. Do they give up their life’s work? Or maybe, just maybe they face this challenge like any other and learn to over come it? Instructors Janeal and Nicholas Ironside are working on adapting their fighting style and adding a new chapter to their skill set.
Instructors Janeal and Nicholas are studying the fighting art of Stockton Multi Style Escrima. This style uses swords in a different way then how European martial arts developed, however, those differences can only enrich sword fighting and take it to new levels.
There are 115 basic techniques with the Stockton Multi Style. Instructors Janeal and Nicholas are methodically going through each of the techniques and showing how they can be adapted to left handed verse right handed along with using sword and shield. Here are our latest two videos. We are currently working our way through angle 1 attacks. If you like these videos be sure to follow our YouTube channel. We have a playlist dedicated to this project: Escrima to Sword and Shield
We are taking our show on the road! Ironside Medieval Combat has the honor of teaching a fighting seminar at Warlord Combat Academy in Texas:
Warlord Combat Academy 1915 Peters Rd Irving TX
This seminar will cover the systematic approach to fighting helping both experienced and new fighters develop a better understanding of range power, and footwork. The team strategies will cover timing, precision, and situational awareness. Everyone will be able to take home drills to work with their teams and improve their odds of winning.
Note taking and video recordings will be a big part of this training. Research has shown a stand alone seminar is extremely ineffective without application and on going support afterwards. This seminar will cover a mountain of information. The primary purpose is to expose participants to the information for them to work on and reference later.
Notebook and writing utensils – there will be formal times for note taking and expectations participants come prepared.
Practice weapons you want to work with – This can be rattan sticks, steel swords, padded weapons. We will be going over a variety of drills and work with partners to learn the motions. The training will focus on Sword and shield, Polearm, and Longsword. Fighters can focus and work on a single weapon style or rotate around the styles. Our structure will be based on small groups and stations leaving a lot of choice and flexibility for the participant
Armor Optional – The seminar does not require armor to participate, however, fighters will find a lot of benefits to practicing these drills in full gear. Fighters with complete kits can do these drills at full speed with full power. Fighters without armor will be regulated to slow work only.
10 – 12 – Weapons Training
- 1 hour laying down the groundwork
- 1 hour Timing and flow
12-1 – Lunch
1-2 – Weapons Training
- 1 hour Power and Body Mechanics
2-5 – Team Training
- 1 hour Timing
- 1 hour Precision and Communication
- 1 hour Awareness
11:30 – 1 – Weapons Training
1 – 2 – Lunch
2 – 3:30 – Weapons Training
3:30-6:30 – Team Training
- 1 hour Playbook 3 v 3
- 1 hour Timing, precision, awareness combined
- 1 hour flow
Now that instructors Janeal and Nicholas have developed a foundational understanding of Stockton Multi Style Escrima we worked on modifications. There are a lot of resources for Longsword with well developed curriculums and teaching methods. There isn’t nearly as much resources for learning and mastering sword and shield. Escrima has a unique history. It is a living fighting style that evolved from medieval sword fighting. We are taking the modern style and reverse engineering it to find new and better ways to fight with a sword and shield. Our goal was to address two issues. The first, what do these techniques look like when a right handed fighter faces a left handed fighter. This problem occurs often in medieval sword fighting communities. The second, how will these techniques work with longer sword and shield. We just worked on the first two techniques, out of the 115 Stockton has, for angle 1 in this video. Martial arts is always evolving. We learn from a wide variety of sources and instructors. That variety is what makes martial arts so special.
Ironside Medieval Combat and partnered with www.farang-alliance.org
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