For a few years now we have held an informal Sunday morning practice, sometimes referred to as the Sunday Supplement. It’s just an open training session for members of both the medieval and 19th Century sides of Lonin. The curriculum varies depending on who shows up, and when. Lately it’s been gathering momentum and taking shape.
The first people who show up tend to be BWAHAHAHA types. Lately we have resolved to get more serious about the physical culture side of that group. It has always been the case that we go through the entire physical culture routine during the beginning of the Tuesday practice. Once a week is not enough, however. Last week we decided to add a prequel training session on Thursday evenings, beginning at 6:30 pm. Likewise, from now on the Sunday Supplement is going to begin with the physical culture routine, running from about 8:00 to 8:45.
That happens to be about the time when members of the medieval group start trickling in. Yesterday, everyone showed ready for free play. That has become a pattern on Sundays. After some discussion of what people wanted to do, we decided to warm up by reviewing some of the Fiore dagger curriculum. This is always a fine way to start a session. Fiore contains a lot of dagger and it can be difficult to keep it all straight; you have to keep cycling through all of the plays during practice in order to stay conversant with the material. Yesterday it happened to be Sixth Master, with an emphasis on not overblocking (fully extending the arms is almost always a bad idea) and on choosing which play to use depending on the angles of the attack and the block.
Having warmed up and debugged our kit, we then moved on to free play with longswords, cutlass, messer, and finally with rattan sticks, reflecting Lonin’s close connection to the Seattle Escrima Club.
The Sunday Supplement will remain fluid and informal by necessity, since we never really know who is going to show up when. But yesterday’s practice worked well enough for us to use it as a template in the future.