I am personally working on actively seeking and using the bind. I feel like my fuehlen is fair, we do a lot of drills to train binding and winding skills, but it becomes a lot more complicated in free play. My strongest range is krieg as I have fairly fast hands and can do the hengen-counter cut game with the best of them; but my interpretation of the manuals has really come to stress the importance of the bind. It allows a fighter to control his opponents weapon at the same time as he attacks him. I think its great that the tournaments and free playing Ive been seeing have really emphasized the double kill rule, good bind technique will make a lot of that go away. I also think we need to find safe and affordable steel weapons because the bind is junk with plastic.
Ive also been playing with some of my stepping patterns and generally trying to clean it up. Im a pretty big guy (230 pounds or so) and need to be as good with my feet as possible. The manuals mention 'leaping' at your opponent and I am trying to see how far I can take my leaping. Im also using the simple step to control range on a finer scale, both in voiding and attacking. Maintaining a strong stance and good balance is the challenge.
As a study group, we are always drilling the fundamentals. But specifically we are playing with mutieren and duplieren. Im trying to help my group find these techniques in drilling and free play. We are also working on controlling the opponents weapon to clear it out of the way and close to ringen am schwert.