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Sword Workshop 2010

On April 24, 2010 the ARMA North Siders were invited back for the 5th year to do a beginning sword workshop for future fight choreographers. ARMA Representatives included Kyle Cook, Stacy Clifford, Mike Wrenn, Wes White, John Schmidt and Patrick McClain.

The workshop’s morning session began with splitting the class into three groups. The first group were shown Basic Foot Work, Primary Guards, and Basic Cuts for longsword. Wes's group worked on dagger fighting techniques. Stacy took the third group and showed Single Sword Guards, Cuts and Footwork. After the morning session, class broke for lunch.

Returning from lunch, the ARMA members demonstrated the proper uses of the Guards and Cuts in Free Play Sparring. Sparring was done with Long Sword, Short Sword, Sword & Buckler, and Sword & Dagger. Kyle Cook and Stacy Clifford explained to the students what they were seeing during sparring.

The afternoon session continued with each of the groups learning more cuts and guards. They were also shown some cut/counter cut drills. The afternoon session concluded with students demonstrating what they had learned. Pairing up into groups of two or four, the students demonstrated choreographs of their own short fight scenes. The day ended with a group picture.

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