- Drill Number - 42
- Drill Name - Scott Brown's Foot and Blade Coordination Drill (aka 1221)
- Type - Drill
- Skill Trained - Footwork, basic cuts and covers, coordinating the two
- Props - Longsword simulators, masks and safety gear.
- Description - Ok, some definitions: Cut 1 means you cut down from your right - B in Meyer's terminology. 2 means you cut down from your left - H in Meyerspeak. Passing means you step forward with the rear leg, past the front leg. Advancing is per the fencing use of the term - front foot moves, then rear, as opposed to a gathered step where the rear moves up, then the front foot moves forwards. You're only going to advance or pass in this drill. Inside parry means with your blade binding from the other side to their cut (so meeting a Cut 1 (to your left side) with a left Pflug is an inside parry, while binding from the outside of the cut and transitioning to right Pflug is an outside parry).
When you cut, you always move that side's foot with it. So if I'm in right vom Tag and cut 1, I'll take a passing step forwards with my right foot. If I was in left Ochs, I'd only take an advancing step with my right foot.
When you parry, you do so with that side's foot to the rear - i.e. a "normal" Pflug or Ochs.
You cut in a 1221 pattern. Agent cuts 1, Patient cuts 2, Agent cuts 2, Patient cuts 2. Each time, the other covers. I suggest beginning with covering with an inside Pflug, then later trying inside Ochs, then outside Pflug, then outside Ochs.
Example with inside Pflug: Both begin with your left feet forwards. You're gonna start. So cut 1, with a passing step forwards. He parries with a left Pflug, so needs to pass backwards. You now both have right feet forwards. Then he cuts a 2, so needs to pass forwards again, while you pass backwards. Then you cut a 2, but you've now got a left foot forwards, so it's a shuffle for you and him. He then cuts a 1, so you pass backwards while he passes forwards. You're now left with right foot forwards as you begin again. You need to do two repetitions - 12211221 -to reset to starting positions.
- Remarks - From Scott Brown at FightCamp 2011. It's harder than you might think, although it can be easy with an "empty mind" to avoid falling into old reflexes.