160417 Defense Against Takings

How we defend against takings of the blade varies from weapon to weapon, and can be divided into four approaches: avoidance, withdrawal, counterattack, and ceding parry.  Each has specific conditions under which it is most effective, and each has limitations. The simplest, avoidance, is based on not presenting a straight arm and extended…

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160410 Takings of the Blade

There are three ways to put an opponent’s blade in motion (thereby increasing the probability that he or she will be exposed to your hit): (1) by convincing the opponent to move the blade to react to a perceived attack (a feint or provocation), (2) by percussion (attacking the blade…

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