Wednesday, April 06, 2005

More Swetnam Tricks

I worked with several of Swetnam's techniques for single sword last night, and they turn out to be pretty interesting. Of particular interest is what I've been calling the "two handed beat". Basically, you put your off hand on your own blade and use the extra force and leverage to beat your opponent's blade aside. With the extra strength you get from the off hand, you can smack someone off-line easily, but you can also control your own point so that you don't go off line with the momentum. You therefore create a beautiful window of opportunity for a thrust to your opponent's body.

I need to get off my duff and convert my Swetnam paper into a web page...

1 comment:

Rich said...

But what happens if your opponent is expecting the maneuver and pulls his/her blade back just as you strike? You could possible overshoot and be left wide open? It sounds like a gamble move IMHO.