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.

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NEOHEMAS session 8-24-14

Just Chris and I again…

 
2 rounds shadow box
3 rounds focus gloves
4 rounds boxing
1 round savate
 
The sparring has become exceptionally active between Chris and I. Tons and tons of footwork and working for position is fairly small space. Absolutely no rest in the round at all. If we clinch we fight out of it…really some great progress being made I think.
 
We spent some time on dirty boxing and by dirty I mean illegal stuff for any comp…headbutts, elbows, groin shots etc.
 
We finished the session by reviewing some of the savate kicks we have worked on. with a focus on very low (ankle height) kicks.
 
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NEOHEMAS Session 7-27-14

Just Chris and I today…

2 rounds shadow boxing
4 rounds boxing
1 round savate
3 rounds focus gloves.
We then worked on getting a lead leg fouette low line off faster and more accurately. Weather was getting rough so we cut out a little early. Minutes later, our power was knocked out.
On Friday Chris was out, we did 10 rounds of striking with plenty of sparring then worked a bit on asp baton using various sources from Scottish Regimental Broadsword to Cossack saber
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NEOHEMAS session 7-20-14

On Friday Chris and I got together for some focus glove work and navaja review.

On Sunday, it was just Chris and I again….
2 rounds shadow boxing
3 rounds focus gloves
5 rounds light boxing sparring.
Spending a lot of time getting the overhand in this week since it is a punch Chris does not use often and I live by it:)
Next we worked on some savate, specifically gaining ground with the fouette, coup de pied bas and chasse.
We ended the session with the navaja once again, this time re reviewed and worked to perfect our three most used fighting postures…the Andalusian, the Castillian and the Baretaro.
Today’s image courtesy of a Phil Crawley find on facebook:
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NEOHEMAS 5-11-14

Chris and I were joined by a couple of long distance folks, Cain and Daniel this weekend….

2 rounds shadow boxing
5 rounds focus gloves, lot’s of material to go over for the two visitors.
3 rounds 3 count cadence drills
New guys are always great…nice to have Chris get a chance to coach some today as well.
Chris then took us through a couple of defenses against a single leg take down and a few subs from these defenses.
Daniel and Cain were mostly looking to play with longswords so after we tortured them with our standard unarmed work we went outside and enjoyed the nuce weather with some steel in our hands.

 

NEOHEMAS 4-27-14

Saturday, Chris and I got together for 10 rounds of boxing and savate. We ended our session outside with about 20 minutes of quarterstaff then a half hour of sparth axe.

Sunday…David, Gary, Jason and I.
Our focus this time around was on boxing and wrestling. After our shadowboxing, pad work and sparring we dove right into wrestling with Gary taking the lead. Nice sitting back and learning for a change as Gary took us through some basic wrestling…windmill, switch and standing switch and waffle.
The plan is for Gary to coach us on our wrestling all summer.
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NEOHEMAS 4-13-14

Just Chris and I today…
2 rounds shadow boxing
3 rounds focus pads
2 rounds 3 count cadence drill

Our focus glove drills were a bit different this week. Normal as the fedder I control almost allt he movement but today we worked on Chris stepping off to his lead side after every combination he threw with me following him.. It had a differnet feel and work some important concepts.

We also worked on fine tuning our fouette (round kick), mainly maintaining our balance and our return after after the kick is thrown.

We ended our session by taking advantage of the fantastic weather and going outside to swing some sparth axe. Always one of my favorite things to work on. We covered our basic wards then went into lesson one as set by the Cateran Society and worked a few variations.

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NEOHEMAS 4-6-14

David, Jo, Jason, and I today…

2 rounds shadowboxing
2 rounds boxing
1 round savate
2 rounds focus gloves

We then worked on displacement before throwing the fouette in savate…one two straight punch combo followed by displacement fouette or displacement fouette, chasse or just displacement chasse.

Next out came the navaja trainers. We worked on a simple counter cut defense to a straight thrust and also defesne against having your knife hand grabbed.

We finished hte session with David working with Jo on some boxing and Jason and I doing some tomahawk (David also joined in here). Basic cutting pattern,g rips and a whole lot of talk and work about binding, getting stuck and what to do about it.

On Saturday Matt and I worked on some tomahawk (will this be the summer of the hawk?) Shillelagh in the style of Footpad and the Cane as well as three takedowns to go along with pugilism,

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NEOHEMAS session 2-30-14

David, Jason and I today…

2 rounds shadow boxing
1 rounds focus gloves
3 rounds boxing
1 round savate
1 round partnered footwork
1 round freestyle footwork

We worked a short while on the four quadrant punching drill we did
few weeks back and got a short video to show just what I’m talking
about: http://youtu.be/Ds-mDze5H5Y

We then completely switched gears and brought out the training spears
for a quick recap of our skills before doing a little bouting. Since
we were indoors with spears of roughly 6′ length our focus was on
Fiore’s plays. Had some real excellent success using the Mezza Porta
di Ferro (Middle Iron Door), so after the bouting we went over this
again.

We ended the session with some work using the Regimental Highland
broadsword system as put forth by the Cateran society. Basic guards,
shifting the leg, compass attacks. Looking forward tot he nicer
weather so we can get outside with this.

NEOHEMAS session 3-23-14

Just Chris and I today…my entire household got caught by the flu last weekend. I am still not 100% but wanted to at least move in a martial manner today.

2 rounds shadow boxing
3 rounds focus gloves
1 round boxing
2 rounds savate.
That’s about all I had in me, pretty short session but ready to nail it next time around. Felt good to move. I still owe a few people video of the 4 quadrant punching from a few weeks back. Will get to that this week now that I am human again.