When Anton Cvet, head of the Ottawa
Medieval Sword Guild (OMSG), first mentioned the idea of a
camping weekend to me, I felt right away that it was a good idea.
Being a country boy at heart, I prefer being outdoors and find being
in big cities for all these training events kind of claustrophobic
and unnatural. Don't get me wrong - there are cities I love to visit
(key word being visit, meaning I get to leave back to my
swampland home in a few days) but there is just a special feeling
when you are training in nature that can't be replicated indoors.
The location that was selected for the event was a horse riding camp about 45 minutes North of Ottawa, Canada, up in Quebec. (For those unfamiliar with Canada, Quebec is a french-speaking province that for years now has tried to become an independent country.) We met up with our traveling companions in Ottawa - members of the Young Forest Kwoon - and in short order left the big city behind and entered the countryside, greeted by beautiful green woods and rugged rolling hills.
By the time we arrived on Friday night, the campsites had already been established by the OMSG and AEMMA folks, and they were out in the field, fighting with longswords. We knew we had the right place!
After the takedown, you are on top,
still holding his right wrist
Pin his right arm with your left knee/shin,
strike him to the face with your left hand
Transfer the rondel to your left hand,
You have bargaining position
Saturday morning started with about an hour and a half of
running and calisthenic conditioning training. We went over
the correct body mechanics for efficient cross-country
running and then put them to work, running the dirt trails
and hills at the campsite. We just went about a mile or so -
not enough to be any serious problem, but enough to see if
folks were doing things correctly. Running barefoot over
different surfaces gave participants a chance to further
develop their skill.
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