Tried solo practice, but it's not working so well.

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Tried solo practice, but it's not working so well.

Postby Robert Bengtson » Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:06 am

My name is Robert. I live in a small town outside Nashville, Tennessee. I came across HEMA about a year ago while happily browsing the Internet. I practice Krav Maga at the moment, and have collected historical weapons for a few years now. Mostly axes, with a couple swords. When I discovered HEMA, I looked for a club, but could only find one in Knoxville. About 3 hours away. It is not feasible for me to regularly drive there, soI thought I could try and learn a few things from the many articles and videos across the web. I even downloaded a translated version of Flos Duellatorum, as I am happy reading 500 year old texts. What I found is that, though I know the difference between some guard positions, how to grip a sword, and some terminology, I have no idea if I'm doing it correctly. Solo study is obviously not a good fit for me. What it took me a year to learn, I could have learned in an hour with an instructor. Is there any resource I've overlooked or a closer club I did not find in my initial search?
Any help is appreciated.

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Re: Tried solo practice, but it's not working so well.

Postby KeithFarrell » Tue Aug 02, 2016 12:08 pm

There are a few YouTube video series that might be helpful to you, although they tend to focus on the Liechtenauer tradition rather than Fiore's methods. The series by Sword Carolina is a good starting point:
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Re: Tried solo practice, but it's not working so well.

Postby Larry A » Sun Aug 28, 2016 6:35 pm

I started out the same way and although it is borderline "heresy" here, you could look up local SCA groups. Don't confuse the two, but there is a bit of cross over between the groups. When I started hitting problems early on doing solo stuff, I went down to the local SCA group's fighter practice, explained what I wanted and had a couple of the guys who not only showed me what was wrong with what I was trying to do, but also gave me some other pointers on technique.

The other thing would be to learn solo training drills when you visit the Knoxville group.

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Re: Tried solo practice, but it's not working so well.

Postby keith cotter-reilly » Mon Aug 29, 2016 7:44 am

Hi Robert,

I know that Atlanta is even further away than Knoxville, but there is a good school there for Fiore stuff. Schola Saint George Atlanta would be more than willing to help you out best that they can. You should contact them with any questions. The SSG is quite good at helping out new groups and people.
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