Friday night’s traditional fencing practice was quite enjoyable.
I hadn’t gotten a hard kettlebell training session in a couple of days, and I wanted to see how I fenced after one, so I waited until an hour or two before class, and did a quick, but hard one.
Sort of the two minute drill from before, but without the rest stops, such that it was a session of continually escalating difficulty. Sort of the De Vany protocol of trying to hit both slow and fast-twitch muscle fibers.
– Two minutes each arm, LCCJ (16 kg)
– Two minutes each arm, LCCJ (24 kg)
– Two minutes each arm, LCCJ (32 kg)
Again, note that there were no rest sets, so this was intense but quick (twelve straight minutes time under bell). Well, you could say that each arm had a rest set as the other one was lifting. Of course–really this is a whole body exercise, so it’s not just each arm working in isolation. But the change-up between them does give your grip a chance to recover.
By the time the 32 portion rolled around, I only got through about a minute and a half before I set the bell down (each arm). Maaaayyybeeee I could’ve gone a little further with it, but I am avoiding going to failure on most of my exercises. So I used the better part of valor. With kettlebells–and training inside the house, that’s a wise idea… 🙂
I showered up, then my roommate Chris and I headed over to fencing. As I said, it was quite enjoyable. I had noticed in previous sessions that my shoulder really seemed to hurt after the rapier portion of the training (I had really hurt my shoulder years ago cliff-diving–really).
So I had intended on not doing that portion of the training. However, the instructors changed the format of the class to be rapier first, then longsword (and smallsword if you wanted to, as well). I was trying to bow out, but when everybody suited up, I just couldn’t help myself.
I hadn’t even brought my mask or jacket in–so I went ahead and grabbed one of the school’s mask and jackets and proceeded on to fence rapier.
The new rapier instructor, Mike, seems to be pretty good. He’s laid back and to the point (heh, heh), and gave us his version of rapier style fencing. Then we broke up to try the principles he was talking about (basically free-bouting). I got to fencing him for a while, and that was fun. As I said, he’s pretty good (I think Dan and Chris said he was the local champion or something).
I think he was a little annoyed that I kept grabbing the blade or engaging in body contact, but that’s how we originally started doing it, and frankly, I’m engaging this a martial art, first–a sport second. I think he is using SCA (Society of Creative Anachronism) sport rules, with which I am not completely familiar. But that’s okay. I adapt, improvise, and overcome… 😀
Later, we did longsword, and like any martial arts class, we had a newbie plus others at different levels, so we went over the basics again (which is good), then Chris had me split off and train a couple of the guys in a specific technique they were asking about (“Krumphau,” one of the “Master Cuts,” if you’re curious).
Afterwards (around 2230 or so), we went to get some chow at a local eatery, which I sorely needed–I hadn’t eaten much all day since lunch (which was also breakfast for me). I noted that I had no should soreness. So I still don’t know what to attribute that to. Was it from doing the workout beforehand? Was it from doing rapier first? Sometimes I was warming up by striking some of the padded pillars–maybe I wrench it a little there? Maybe I did something previously in longsword that is wrenching the shoulder? I still don’t know.
But I was happy.
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