During March and April, the club is going to have a few “days off” where we are closed for one reason or another. The following dates are worth keeping in mind.
Saturday 5th March
We have been asked to cancel this session, due to other bookings at the hall. Therefore, the plan is to allow ourselves to have an afternoon of rest and recuperation!
If you want to do something HEMA-related on this day, so that you are not missing out on practice, then I recommend doing 100 repetitions of the Oberhaw with each of the following footworks: stationary, stepping forward, stepping backward, with one leg in the air, with the other leg in the air. Focus on correctness of performance, as well as consistency so that your cut remains the same regardless of the footwork. (Video about the Oberhaw)
Wednesday 23rd March
We have been asked to cancel this session, because of the school exams in the hall.
Instead, we’ll have ourselves an online session through Zoom.
- The topic for discussion will be some of the most valuable “lightbulb moments” I have experienced while training martial arts, and how my practice has improved as a result of these realisations.
- I’ll then ask you about any major lightbulb moments you have experienced, that have resulted in some noticeable improvement in your training.
- We’ll then follow that discussion with some physical exercises that are related to fencing, for which you do not need any equipment or much space – as long as you can take a step or two, or lie on the floor, you will be fine!
- Then we can socialise a little, with whatever drinks or nibbles you prefer.
The link to the Zoom session will be sent out closer to the time.
Wednesday 30th of March
The class will be running on this date, and the plan is that from this date onward, we will return to our usual 7-9pm slot at the hall.
Saturday the 16th of April
The hall is going to be open during the Easter weekend, so the plan is to run the afternoon session as normal.
Saturday 23rd April
We have to cancel this session, because Keith will be teaching at the Gathering of Wolves event in Cardiff.
If you want to do something HEMA related, so that you aren’t missing out on useful training time, then I recommend doing 100 repetitions of the Zwerhaw with each of the following footworks: stationary, stepping forward, stepping backward, with one leg in the air, with the other leg in the air. Focus on correctness of performance, as well as consistency so that your cut remains the same regardless of the footwork. (Video about the Zwerhaw)
With any luck, from May onward, we should be back to normal in terms of running sessions at the usual times. Fingers crossed that there won’t be any further cancellations!
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