Float like a butterfly… and don’t trip over your feet!
Footwork is an art, in my eyes at least. My problem has always been not moving enough. I just sort of stand there. Part of my problem now is almost a fear of moving after how I tore my ACL.
Sir Caius and I were fighting and I stepped to the left to dodge a blow and I stepped on some sort of rock or piece of wood and my leg folded sideways. There was a loud CRACK! and I fell right to the ground.
So I’ve been thinking maybe I should look up some boxing videos/websites and learn some foot drills. It seems movement is a very integral part of the whole fighter dance. But I’ve always wondered who should move first?
When you face off with someone, should you be the aggressor and move forward or do you save your energy and wait for him to come to you. Some guys will just wait and stare (or worse like Sir Tiernan) have that smile which can be really unnerving! So out of being flustered I just go for it and more times than not I expend a lot of energy.
Part of ‘that’ could be because I hold my breath too much. But what I am noticing by watching the YouTube fight videos is the Knights seem to have a lot of really good footwork.
If you are reading this, do you have any footwork suggestions? Drills I can use with my pell?
I remember the scene in Million Dollar Baby where Clint Eastwood was working with Hilary on the foot work and she was doing that while she was doing her waitress work, while she was sitting in a chair etc. I think that’s got to be as much about muscle memory as your sword work.
Any thoughts welcomed.