Four of us today…Chris came back after recovering from an injury.
It was a cold one with the temp reading 27 F in our training area.
We threw our kurtkas on for warmth. An extra layer just can’t hurt in this weather.
We started with some work setting up leg take downs by going for one then switching to the other. Rather than technique I tried to get across the ploy…not sure if I succeeded or not. Hard to grapple wearing winter gloves. Matt threw me and his glove got stuck under my belt and I took it to the ground with me.
Next up lots of big knife drilling. We tried to focus parrying with the spine of the big knife in this session and almost everything we did had this as it’s main theme. We did three different back and forth partnered drills. They seem to be getting a little easier now that we have been working more blade theory.
I am pretty up on the entrenching shovel lately and Justin brought his new one so….we did a little e-tool against knife and then against bayonet, lots of fun.
We somehow managed with Chris’s urging to go into boxing for a bit. We stuck mainly with this combination…straight lead, straight rear (thrown thumb down to split the space between the opponents gloves or fists) followed by a lead inverted hook then a big big rear inverted hook…rinse, lather, repeat.
We ended the session with mountain axe working against a thrust to the face following the parry with a butt strike then a cut. We also worked against a swing by knocking the incoming axe to the side and delivering a strike with the pole end of the axe, be it spiked or just plain metal…either way very strong. We followed up with a strong chop and a thrust for good measure.