This is just a follow up on the training theme. I am trailing a more dedicated training session for a small group of people. The sessions are every fortnight at this stage and are all out of armour.
The first part of the session was circuit work were everyone rotates around various exercises. You perform the exercise for one minute with a 20 second rest to change stations. We went through this twice.
The stations were:
- Turkish get-ups with a 2kg weight
- Squat presses with either 2kg or 5kg weights depending on your level
- Step jumps/step up
- Kettle bell swings
Most of us simply do not do enough physical training outside of running around in armour. This little circuit is not going to do much but a number of people were talking about having to do some extra training.
We then did some basic pell work, running though all the basic cuts with a focus on maintaining good form, distance, flow and foot position/balance.
The main part of the session was working though thrusts. Firstly I explained about direct thrusts and then cut, rolling returns and thrust.
We worked though these on the pells first and then paring off, worked though the basic forms and then a number of pays involving thrusts.
The idea of the session is to focus on only one or two ideas and do a LOT of repetitions to ‘hard wire’ the movements in.
As the students get used to this format I will probably make the starting work out harder (skipping rope is your friend) and up the repetitions.
For the pell drills we used our usual training swords of rattan with a cross hilt and the training round shields. For the partner stuff we moved to soft swords (Action Flex, expensive but they work well) and shields. The use of the soft swords means we can do a lot of striking without armour and waring people out.
Now looking forward to the next session.