Viscount Sir Donnan’s Rule of Three

At Sport of Kings I took the “Art of 3D Fighting” by Viscount Sir Donnan. When Sport of Kings comes around in a couple of years and if Sir Donnan so graciously teaches this class again, or, you have the opportunity to take it at some other time, you must must must take it. This is a top line, mental game sort of class. Remember the Monkey See Monkey Do blog?

It is as important to learn the mental game as it is the physical. I had not realized this prior to taking his class. There are things that a fighter will do to get to you, whether consciously or not. Like Sir Tiernan smiling, or Sir Torfin standing there waiting until you cannot wait and you attack first.

Watch this fight. The cool grace of Sir Torfin. It’s unnerving!! Watch how as Sir Octamasades moves, Sir Torfin just barely shifts his direction – almost unnoticeable. Then he busts out in a fight and goes right back to that stance of just waiting. That is cool.




Sir Torfin

So here are the words directly from Sir Donnan on the Rule of Three. Very good information for all fighters. I know I’ll be putting them to good use. If you would like to receive Sir Donnan’s “Booster Shots” you can email him and ask to be put on the distribution list.

So without further adieu – I give you the Rule of Three by Viscount Sir Donnan.
The Rule of 3:
This applies when you fight equal or better fighters.  There are 3 parts to The Rule of 3

  1. Never stand within range for more than 3 seconds. What happens if you do?… You give your opponent a chance to focus their targeting mechanism to pick which rivet they want to hit.  Second 1 ~ “A head shot looks like it might work”  Second 2 ~ “The right temple looks like a nice spot”  Second 3 ~ “The second rivet over from the dent on the right temple… the angle is about 22 degrees with the tip low…” WHAM!Another thing to consider is there is no rule that says you have to stay in range.  If it’s doesn’t feel right then move out and come back in a couple of steps over.  Listen to your spider sense.  (Yeah I’m a comic book geek too).  Another example would be we probably all have seen demonstrations of a karate master breaking bricks.  They walk up to a pile of stacked bricks and go through motions to focus and.then.strike.  If you stand in range ~ don’t be the brick.
  2. Never do more than 3 shots.  A better opponent will wait you out knowing that your shield slightly moves out of place with every shot.  Think about it.  Someone only needs an 1.5″ gap to get a shot in.
  3. Never let them throw 3 shots.  A common tactic is setup shots.  Meaning a setup shot is intended to pull your shield or body out of it’s maximum defensive position.  In a multishot combo’ the first one is usually the setup.  The second is kind of a setup but if they can sneak it in they will.  The 3rd, 4th or 5th shots have every intention of taking advantage of the openings created by the shots before.
How do you defend if someone is chasing you down?  Throw the hardest shot down the middle and step out.  It has to be vicious.  Almost every fighter will stop for just a moment and cover up to keep the sword from hitting them between the eyes.  This should give you time to reset.
Still have doubts about The Rule of 3?  Watch the semi-finals and finals of any tournament.  You will see people twitch fight (not throwing a blow), step out and step back in (rule 1).
OR cautiously throw only 3 shots and step out (rule 2).  You can practice any of rules at any time. It works well in wars too.
Disclaimer: I’m not saying to never ever throw 3 shot combinations but, rather you need to know where the risks are.  If you devise a 5 shot combination think about how to actively defend starting around the 2nd or 3rd shot.  Or if you are having a bad day you know what you should stick to (no pun intended… stick… fighting pun… anyhow).  If you are having a good day take it out The Rule of 4.


About Livia Tasia

I love horses, fantasy, writing, the SCA, swordfighting, Mercedes Lackey.

Posted on September 10, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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