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Jurgen's archive

Page history last edited by Jurgen 11 years, 6 months ago

 Here is where I keep previous conversations with the Lanistae of the Scholum..


OK, so as I get ready to fight, before I step up to that outer baseline, I need to make sure I have run through a fast checklist to make sure I'm online and ready in correct form.

1) Balls of the feet (Up and ready)

2) Shield position (Don't control range with the shield, instead, guard the flat snap, but maintain visibility)

3) Sword grip (Firm index finger, relaxed pinky)

a) Sword position (Don't throw it back onto the spine, oldcastle style. Instead loft it into it's ready to fire position)

4) Begin analyzing opponent's form for gaps and openings

5) Chose a reasonable tactic and approach

   a) Deep Aggression (Start with a standard sequenced offense since I can cross to the inner gate for free)

   b) Suppression (Start with an attack into their cone of offense, and then cross the gate with the fee)

   c) Sniping (Play at the outer gate, and stay there, since I may have an effective range advantage)


0523 0840 -- Yes good start. The area beyond the outer baseline, one step beyond it, is called "one step beyond" (old SF TV show reference, a show like the Twilight Zone). It is from here that you start and finish a combat phrase, as it allows you a step to decide to engage, and that much time to think. So start THERE, do the above, and then step to just a hair outside the outer baseline. There is more, but this is a good start.


Last night, when I was showing the rotation block/turn into a dropping arm shot counter to the deep wrap, and you countered that with a rotation block, remember I feinted the arm shot, and then just turned the sword into an offside that hit you, more due to your motion, into a target and through a gap in your defense that didn't even exist when I started the attack. This is an advanced concept of leading/trailing attacks. A much later topic, but you saw it, so an inkling. Steve


(6/8) Cosmo talked briefly about how different fighters will begin a fight and it was very helpful. I would like to continue the conversation in the upcoming weeks as many new fighters are getting ready to authorize.


6/25/08 -- Please clarify what was helpful in what was discussed -- Max.

7/5/8 -- Max, I can't remember last week. That was a month ago now.... :( --Jurgen


So now I have a new sword, with a thrusting tip... That pushes my outside game back into focus. However, I'm still finding myself vunerable with basic gaps in my defense. My movement has been much better, but now I need to really focus on both cardio and balance training.


7/5/08 -- Good thing I just started a stretching and exercise page, then! ;) Ain't really no special cardio needed... walking, treadmill, jogging, elliptical, stairstepper, swimming, aerobics, etc... Any basic cardio workout that gets your heartbeat moving into a decent zone works. Already started outlining some balance stuff on that new page, but there's some other stuff on Tracy and Kat's personal progress pages. Yoga, Core training, Pilates, Crunches, and the stretches and exercises that I'll be putting up in the next day or two will help with balance -- Max


0706 1630 == General cardiovascular is important, but you need to also focus on improving the oxygen transport in your upper torso. Elliptical rather than treadmill, etc.. Then you need to work on execises that improve your fast twitch muscles, plyometrics, bands, that sort of thing, different fibers, different metabolism, but the more you can transport and its rate, the less you tire doing anerobic activities. Also, stuff that engages as much of the same chain as we are suggesting, so leaping, punching, etc., kind of exercises. -ST


7/5/8 -- Also, I think I'd like to start a conversation on dealing with a fight against a good unknown fighter... how do you approach someone you don't know, and get the win? How do you avoid stupid mistakes (Like I make).




7/5/08 -- In many ways, every fighter should be approached as a good unknown fighter. The more you think you know a fighter, the more "scripted" your approach will be, the more overconfident your approach will be, and the more you will overthink your approach. Remember that we are largely trying to teach an approach that is pro-active muscle-memory-responsive decision-making on the margin (i.e., moment-to-moment) and takes the analytic input of each unique moment (your action/response, opponents action/response, field, weather, etc...) to determine a set of possible/optimal actions/reactions (offense/defense/maneuver in different ranges in different zones and different angles) and then act/choose one -- only to get a response from the opponent and do the whole thing over again. Thus, each moment is a grand set of unknowns. However... more information about an opponent allows one to reduce the likely set of possible reactions that the opponent will apply at each reaction point and allows one to reduce the set of optimal actions or reactions to the opponents actions given that you have advanced information. For example, if you know the opponent has a good deep wrap-around, you might reduce your set of actions and reactions towards those that work the offside so as to minimize the openings to your onside (thus minimizing your openings for wrap-arounds). If you know he has a strong fake you might lead with a more open stance and sword block so as to lead him to the fake so you can throw a timed riposte. In this way, you are adding the advanced information to your decision set so as to minimize the options at each moment on the margin, but you are not "pre-deciding" or developing a script -- Max



And now for something completely different:

Also, just my own notes. Here are the Lyrics we can use for our marching song:


Where There's a Whip There's a Way

Where There's a Whip There's a Way
Where There's a Whip There's a Way
Where There's a Whip There's a Way

We don't want to go to war today, but
The Lord of lash says nay, nay, nay
We're gonna march all day, all day, all day
Where There's a Whip There's a Way

Where There's a Whip There's a Way
Where There's a Whip There's a Way
Where There's a Whip There's a Way
Left, right, left, right, left,
Where There's a Whip There's a Way, left, right

The crack on the back says we're going to fight
We're going to march all day and night and more
'cause we are the slaves of the dark overlord
Left, right, Left, right, Left, right, Left, right,. . .
And now for something completely different:

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