NEOHEMAS Session 1-31-15

Louis and I today…

Quick review of some German longsword material including the versetzen, uberlaufen and durchlaufen. Again the lower ceiling making longsword a real not-winter sort of thing for us.

Next up about a half hours work on gladiatorial combat with a focus on Thraex, Murmillo and Dimachaerus amatura. Really really fun. We added to this a bit of Roman/Greek boxing for s nice session of ancient combat. Just need to add some wrestling for a full program of AMA.

The mountain axes finally woke up after an extended hibernation. We did some work on basic attack and defenses using a variety of axes and comparing the weight and handling aspects of a few different styles. WE also had a nice discussion of thrusting with the head of the axe.

We ended the session with one of my favorite weapons…the e-tool. We worked on the four basic attacks and defenses for them, then we worked some actual plays or techniques, shovel vs shovel and shovel vs knife. We ended the session with a bit of e-tool bouting, great fun as always.

Louis is off for Australia for the Spring and Summer so we won’t see him again until the Fall. Hopefully he will find someone down there to train with for that time. Anyone in or near Adelaide?

I canceled Sunday’s session due to the heavy snowfall.



Session 8-17-11

Midweek session for Matt and I today. We have been focusing so hard on
sambo for the last month that it was time to take a break and do some
drilling and bouting with weapons for a change.

1 Dussack…we had two spirited bouts uising the PH leather dussacks.
I can feel these bouts in my legs still.

2 Longsword…just went over some basic binds then worked on them in
real time with resistance.

3 Shillelagh…two bouts with this overly fun weapon. We took up the
mats so we made the rule that we were not to go to the ground. Still
a constant struggle much less strategy and more gagression.

4 Sparth axe…we went outside and reintroduced ourselves to this most
brutal of weapons. It is good to get swinging once again. Have some
serious work with these planned in the coming weeks. Had two fun bouts
with these monsters.

5 Mountain axe..two bout with plenty of smashed hands. These are
really like the shillelaghs in the level of aggression that comes out.

6 E-tool…just one brutal round of shovel sparring. Brutal sums it up.

7 Navaja…two bouts using CS trainers. Been a while, great fun can’t
wait to do it again soon.

Overall fun session. Different energy, weapons vs unarmed, not less or
more just a different feel. Will go back to the mixed workout next
time around.

Session 7-31-11

A quick recap of the weeks training…

Wednesday, Matt and I did about an hour and a half of sambo.
Thursday had a couple of old friends out for some sambo and a wee bit of knife work.

Sunday just Matt and I…
2 rounds grip work
3 rounds sambo (sport rules)

We then went German for a little while and worked through some of the material from Fabian von Auerswald before diving into some of the Meyer dussack plates,

We ended the session with some bouting…dussack, knife and shovel.

Session 4-10-11

No session last week, hence no report…this week Everyone canceled so I spent 10 rounds on boxing training then 2 rounds on e-tool. Sophia (age 8) then joined me for some singlestick followed by some grappling. There are not too many take downs that a 60 lb child can use on a grown man but we managed to make three of them work and I had her tossing me around pretty good by the end of a half hour.

On Wed Matt was out:
2 rounds shadow boxing
3 rounds boxing
2 rounds sambo
1 round combat sambo
We then broke out the longsword trainers and worked just the basics, stances and cuts.

On Thursday Dave J came out in the AM.
2 rounds shadow boxing
3 rounds boxing
We then went over the basics of working with the navaja

On Friday Chris was out.
2 rounds shadow boxing
2 rounds boxing
Out came the single sticks for some drills plus some work with the messer. We ended with a complex combination using the e-tool.

Session 11-7-10

Busy three days…
On Friday Matt and Chris were out. Matt came out first and we did a
ton of work with the e-tool. When Chris arrived we jumped right into
some showboxing then sparring. The pace was definitely pushed
especially for Matt, some real hard sparring. We then went of some
clinch fighting and cover ups.

Sat Gov came out and we worked his boxing and savate, sparring 5
rounds and doing the focus gloves, shadow boxing and footwork. Focused on defeating a
strong jab. Lots of work on the Philly shell defense.

Finally on Sunday it was just Matt and I…we started with the sparth
axe and went through all our material for that then had some
interesting bouts. These axes have pvc shafts and leather heads. We
spent about an hour and a half here.

We ended the session with 2 rounds of shadow boxing, 3 rounds of
boxing and then 2 rounds of savate.

Looking forward to another busy week next week,

Session 8-15-10

Just Matt and I today…

We started off the session working with the sparth axe. Going over
some of the material from last week plus some material from Silver.
Rather than risk our lives again, I made two spart trainers, wooden
shafts with leather heads, still pack a wallop but not deadly. making
some good headway here.

Next we dug into some sambo and worked on the lesson plan from last
week that never got done. After two rounds off balance/grip drill we
worked on three main concepts:
1 A very wrestling like single leg with a jacket grip set up
2 A drop knee throw and the step over counter then a rolling kneebar
to counter the step
3 A lateral trip or Pancake throw

We ended the session working with the e-tool for about a half hour.
Just the basics, simple attacks and defenses…only high percentage
work done today.

Earlier in the week on Tuesday Chris came out and we did lots of
footwork, sparring and timing drills.

3 of us today…

2 rounds shadow boxing
2 rounds sparring boxing
2 rounds sparring savate
2 rounds heavy bag
1 round freestyle footwork
2 rounds partnered footwork

We then broke out the kicking shield and worked on our chasse from our lead and rear leg.

Next up…weapons.

We went over some broad sword concepts including hanging guards and power generation through much smaller movement than we were using. Randal G. and I worked on this last time he was out and it has just started to sink in.

We then had four nice spirited bouts using the e-tool trainers. This was incredible fun and the hardest we have bouted with this weapon. Now that we have decent ‘toy’ shovels we can pretty much go all out, a little rough perhaps but a few scrapes and bruises mean little between friends…especially when you get to hit each other with shovels. We ended up breaking one of the trainers but it definitely was worth it.

We ended our session with a nice home brew courtesy of Justin’s father because beer is an excellent way to end a training session!

Guv was out on Thursday afternoon and we sparred for 3 rounds after warming up with some shadow boxing. We then went for about 30 minutes hitting the pads. We ended our session with about 45 minutes on the mountain axe. Concentrating on the basics and the essential figure eight movements.

Saturday found Kirk Lawson in the area and he stopped in for a bit…we did a bit of test cutting with knives and took some photos for the ever work in progress bata manual.