Updated: Mar 21, 2020
In this video, Sir Urdok Ironhand shares some tips on the basics of weapons training and a modified saber drill.
When drilling weapons at home, Urdok recommends to start with general fitness training first and then transition into your weapons training. Not only does this mean you’re good and warm when you begin with the weapons, but it better simulates the conditions on a field, or in a tournament. Your muscles might be a little sore, you might be a little winded, just like in real fighting.
Today is a drill to isolate muscle groups for single sword fighting. This will facilitate the quick, tricky movements that allow you to pull off unexpected shots.
Adapted saber Drill from ~1900 by Alfred Hutton, a well regarded western martial arts instructor.
These drills are conducted as slow as possible.
Focus on range of motion and control.
You’ll do this whole procedure in three sets, ten times each, isolating a different group of muscles each set.
Ten with isolating wrist as much as possible
Ten with elbow and wrist
Ten with full body like throwing the shots
1. Freeze your elbow to your body. This will help you better exercise the muscles in your forearm and wrists
2. Starting Position - with that frozen elbow, hold the sword perpendicular to the ground in front of you in a classic “en garde” position
3. Strike One - From the sword side top, quadrant striking to middle (about a 45° angle downwards)
4. Strike Two - From the non-sword side top quadrant, striking to middle (about a 45° angle downwards)
5. Strike Three - From the sword side hip height crossing to opposite side, parallel to the ground
6. Strike Four - From the non-sword side hip height crossing to sword side, parallel to the ground
7. Strike Five - From starting position, striking straight down to middle.
Repeat 10xs, then 2 more sets with progressively greater muscles!