I managed to get outside and work out on the pell yesterday. It was the second time this week, which is amazing considering I hadn’t swung a sword since September of last year. It felt really good. They weren’t long sessions, maybe half an hour Sunday and three quarters of an hour yesterday. But yeah, it felt really good.
I didn’t follow any particular workout plan, other than spending some time with a variety of weapons forms. I try to work on targeting, throwing combinations, and footwork. I think about where my hands are as I throw shots. I think about where my feet are. If I find a combination I like, I practice it several times, and I think about more efficient ways to move my feet as I go through the sequence. I imagine where my opponent’s weapon or shield might be so I can work out different angles for shots.
I always begin with sword and shield, since that is the most common form. I then move on to hand-and-a-half sword, because that is the form in which I would like to be most skilled. After that, I bring out my spear, as that is my preferred melee weapon. And finally, I do some left-handed broadsword work, because right now I am fairly hopeless with my left hand. I once thought I would be a polearm guy, but I lost interest in it after I picked up a spear. Right now I only have one sword, so I can’t do the two-sword thing.
I think I finally re-learned how to throw wrap shots. I’ve been having a lot of trouble with them for the past few years. Sometimes I felt I was going to hurt my arm or wrist as I threw the shot. But as I worked on the pell yesterday, I found myself throwing wrap shots with my left hand. They were smooth, strong, and did not hurt at all. I wasn’t even aware I was doing it at first. Once I realized what was going on, I considered how my left arm, especially the elbow, was moving as I threw the wraps. It was different than how I did them with my right arm. I immediately switched my sword to my right hand and started throwing wraps, this time trying to mirror how my left arm had moved. It wasn’t perfect, but it felt so much better. It will take more work to get my arm accustomed to it, but I’m happy I finally figured out what was going on.
Saturday is the Festival of the Passing of the Ice Dragon up in Buffalo. We’ve decided to go and I am looking forward to the tournament and hopefully some melee fights. I don’t know if two pell sessions will help much, but I suppose it’s better than going in cold.