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How to stand On Guard

First the feet
  • Touch your heels together
  • Point your sword-foot straight forward, and your back foot off to the side
  • Make sure your front toe, front heel and back heel are all in a straight line.
    Positioning the feet
  • Move your front foot forward along that same straight line a short distance - about the same distance that there is between your shoulder blades
  • Bend your knees down a little, keeping your head, tummy and chest upright
  • Keep your front knee pointing straight forwards - the centre-line of your front knee must be directly above the centre-line of your front foot
    Keep your front knee above your front foot
Then the hands
  • Bend the elbow of your sword arm
  • Bring the elbow of your sword-arm back until it's just a few fingers' widths away from your body - close, but not touching
  • Bend your back arm behind you, hand up at head-height

How to Step Forward

"Toe-heel, Heel-toe"

First the front foot:

  • Lift your front toe off the ground, then lift your front heel off the ground.
  • Move your foot forward, about one foot's length.
  • Land your heel, then land your toe

Then the back foot:
  • Lift your back heel, then lift your back toe
  • Move your back foot forward, about one foot's length.
  • Land your back toe, then land your back heel.

How to Step Backward

This is the same as the step forward, but done back to front - "Heel-toe, Toe-heel"

First the back foot:
  • Lift your back heel, then lift your back toe
  • Move your back foot backwards, about one foot's length.
  • Land your back toe, then land your back heel.
Then the front foot:
  • Lift your front toe off the ground, then lift your front heel off the ground.
  • Move your foot backwards, about one foot's length.
  • Land your heel, then land your toe



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