Deployment of Strikes and Guards

Students are instructed the variations and deployment of strikes, guards and wards from a trajectory perspective, physical attributes such as stance, angle of attack, parrying and redirecting, integration of footwork, and drills. They are performed repeatedly by the student, along with variations introduced into the drills. In any delivery of a strike or deployment of a guard must demonstrate absolute control and discipline when wielding of the blade. Any delivery must be able to be stopped instantly by the student in order to change strategy, direction or execution of the form. These forms practiced in this component will be used as a basis for sequences of delivery and deployment which are comprised of one or more strikes and or parries. These basic forms must be internalized and delivered naturally and with fluidity. Sword drills are initially employ wooden wasters and in later ranks utilize combat-ready, steel swords, depending upon level of competency.

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