Recreational Violence X AAR

Rec Vio 10 is in the books…quick run down:

Fist hip and shillelagh- Taught by me, a class combining stick, boxing and wrestling in the Irish tradition.
Broadsword and targe- taught by Chris Thompson, great class on targe(we ended up using bucklers) in conjunction with the Broadsword.
Agrippa- Taught by Randal Gustitis, really interesting class that got cut short once the lightning started. We went back to my house and finished up the class using bowie knives due to lack of space.
Bowie knife-  taught by Kirk Lawson. After the rain died down we ran through this class that was a surprise to Kirk:) But he did a great job.
WWI Bayonet- taught by Kirk Lawson, great fun class with nice rifle bayonet trainers alongside the real thing. Simple and easy to understand. just my sort of class.
Sparth Axe- Taught by Ken Pfrenger and Chris Thompson. Chris handled the history while I demoed the use of the big axe going through the 10 lessons as set forth by the Cateran Society.
CQC knife entries- Taught by Tim Anderson. Fun class with little int he way of actual technique instruction…we all have our own way of doing things, what he gave us were suggestions and ways to train. Nice stuff.
MacGregor’s bayonet and some combatives concepts- ¬†Taught by Chris Thompson, quick run through MacGregor’s bayonet then some work on combatives for an upcoming project.
Zachary Wylde’s staff- taught by Randal Gustitis, simple but interesting system of staff play from 1711.
Numbers way down this year. We may change location and take this on the road to Dayton next year. Or still hold it here and do a second event in Dayton in the fall. Still in the works.
s always the social aspect of events like this were very important, seeing old friends, making new ones and sharing food drink and martial arts make this sort of thing the highlight of my year.
I want to thank all that were able to make it out to teach and learn and thank those who tired to make it but came up a bit short.There is always next year or the year after that.

Session 12-7-08

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.
008I 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.