On Footwork

A medieval child learns to spar from the day he can pick up a stick. He needs no instructor or manual to learn how his body works.

If I’ve learned anything in the last decade it is that one can’t learn footwork from scripted drills. You have to get out their and move your body around.

I used to have problems with footwork because I tried to follow all of the rules taught in drills like “never cross your feet” or “always point your toe at your enemy”. Once I stopped listening to my instructors and started listening to my body all my problems evaporated.

And then, only then, did I start seeing the footwork in the manuals. They do cross their feet, they do point their toes this way and that. Footwork is all about being comfortable in your body, not trying to force your body into proscribed positions. And you can’t do that if you don’t get out there and just move. If you haven’t broken a sweat in the first ten minutes of practice you might as well go sit on a couch.

This entry was posted in Fencing and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s