Ædult Swim fighter practice 2.17.2018
So I’m a total space cadet and didn’t realize I hadn’t written this up, so here we go. I ventured into the wilds of Æthelmarc to attend this gigantic fighter practice. It was held in a warehouse, and we had an entire floor for fighting, which we used up. I’d guess that a few hundred people were in attendance. I got there at about 8:30am, and didn’t stop fighting for the day until about 5pm.
In attendance were fighters from many kingdoms. I fought people from the East, Mid, Æthelmarc, Atlantia, and one or two others I can’t recall offhand. It was great to see how many different styles people have, and how varied it can be. Many of my fights were with members of the chivalry, and overall I think I fought against 50 or so different people, about 20 or so being belted fighters.
I was finally able to work with Count Ioannes, who helped me with strategies for fighting against left handed fighters. I tend to do very poorly against lefties, and most times I end up getting really blasted by them, which leads me to armor up more so that doesn’t stop me from fighting. He mentioned shifting myself over so I could keep my guard and still be effective. I was able to use this throughout the day with other lefties, and it definitely helped when I was able to employ it properly.
I fought another belted fighter, not sure if he was a knight or master, who fought me barefoot. That was a pretty wild thing to see. He was a great fight, and a lot of fun to work with.
I fought a knight from Atlantia who was fighting two stick, and taught me how to properly fight against two stick fighters in an effective way. He worked with me for a good 15-20 minutes on this, and it was a huge help. Super nice dude.
All in all, I got tons of great passes in and I walked away with loads of knowledge and experience. I got to fight against all different weapons forms, and all different levels of fighters. I went in concerned about how my should was gonna hold up after getting hit hard a few nights before, but it was fine all day. My sword hand, however, was really hurting at the end of the day. I did a lot of sword blocking, and the sword constantly hammering into the webbing of my hand took a toll. I held out until the end, though, and was honored with some generous and gracious compliments, so overall it was a huge win. Here’s some pics from the day: