While I was in Perth I can a quick introduction to Spear work in the Oplomachia style. Several people have asked me for the notes so I’ll provide them here.
This should also go along with Count Gemini’s video on spear and the first spear form.(will add links soon).
Aggressed Stance – stand with body square and feet shoulder with apart. Move the back foot two ½ steps back. Weight on the balls other feet and knees bent. The back foot is the one on the same side as the hand holding the butt end of the spear.
Grip– Forward hand halfway along spear. Back hand at the butt end, this hand is then as far back as you can (point or long guard).
Thrusts are lined off the back shoulder
Greek Thrust – Extend Forward Hand. Bring Back Hand to armpit. Half step forward. Point stays level.
Sliding Thrust – With either a ½ step or passing step. Extend both hands forward, letting the spear slide through the Forward Hand. Do not let the hands closer than about a foot.
Swiss Thrust – Lift spear over head and slide spear forward as per the Sliding Thrust.
Parries must be quick ‘beats’ snappy and return to guard
Outside – push heel of hand out.
Inside – Volta to beat opponents spear away but keep point on line.
High – lift spear straight up, keep point on line (Swiss Thrust).
Low – Squat and beat. Do not drop the point
First Spear Form
Face north, left hand leading. Outside, ½ step, Sliding Thrust. Inside, passing step, Sliding Thrust.
Turn to face south, right hand lead. Outside, ½ step, Sliding Thrust. Inside, passing step, Sliding Thrust.
Face east, left hand lead. High Parry, Swiss thrust. Low Parry, passing step, Sliding Thrust
Face west, right hand lead. High Parry, Swiss thrust. Low Parry, passing step, Sliding Thrust.
Face North and come to parade rest.