Article written by: Ark Angel Fire
Your right hand should be all the way up the handle and your left hand down towards the bottom. There should be a space between your hands.Do not reverse the grip either,there is only one grip for a sword. The right hand is used to guide the sword and the left is used for the strike. Also you shouldn't squeeze the handle you should have a loose grip.
When practicing the battle drills make sure when you combine the letters that everything goes smoothly. It should be fast and fluid, not stopping at all. Also after (A)Drawing your sword take a fighting stance then begin the drills.
Fighting stance #1
Stand with your feet a little less then shoulder width apart. Your left foot should be back about a foot. Knees bent slightly. Sword should be pointed at a slight upward angle.
Fighting stance #2
Stand a little less then shoulder width apart. Left foot in front and right foot back. Twist your upper body to the side. Sword should be back.The sword should be lifted up a bit. Your head facing forward.
Drawing your blade(A)
One thing you should master is drawing your blade in one swift motion. Practice this kneeling and standing. This is perfect if your caught off guard(which you never should be)or if someone rushes at you. Take hold of the handle and pull out the blade and make a strike while unsheathing. So you pull out your blade and cut horizontally in one motion.
To start unsheathing your sword you should learn this technique. Place your thumb on the guard and push up with your thumb till the sword pops out. This should be combined with your right hand on the handle and it pulling up and out when the blade is released.
Grip the sword and draw it back along your side and then thrust it forward.
Vertical Strike downwards-(c)
Raise the sword above your head and slice downwards. The sword should stop even with your navel.
Diagnol Strike Right downwards-(d)
Raise the sword over your right shoulder the blade pointing up with a little tilt. Now bring it down across your chest diagnolly. Follow through but stop before your elbows hit your side.
Diagnol Strike Right follow-up-(e)
After your blade stops twist your wrists so the blade is facing out wards and then bring the blade back up diagnolly. This should be done all in one fluid movement and it should be fast.
Diagnol Strike left downwards-(f)
Raise the sword over your left shoulder. The blade pointing up with a little tilt. Now bring it down across your chest diagnolly. Follow through but stop before your elbows hit your side.
Diagnol Strike Left follow-up-(g)
After your blade stops twist your wrists so the blade is facing out wards and then bring the blade back up diagnolly.
Sword training will follow up after this one sometime in the near future.