Warm Up Exercises - With Sword

This is the list of warm up exercises it was recommended I do each day before beginning any swordfighting workouts. These exercises use a wooden sword for weight.

Medieval Swords

Forward Wrist Strength
Hold the sword in your right hand. Keep your right arm at your side, and bring your forearm up to a 90 degree angle to your body, perpendicular to your chest. Lean the sword back so it rests on your right shoulder. Use your left hand to hold the right arm in place. Have the sword held in the normal grip with the thumb and forefinger gently resting around the grip just beneath the guard. Now slowly - just using the wrist - lower the sword forward and down until it just about touches the ground. Bring the sword back up again so it rests on your shoulder. Do this to a ten count, then do it on the other side (with your left hand).

Updward Arm Strength
Hold the sword in your right hand, tip just about facing the floor, as it was doing in the previous exercise. Now bring the sword straight up towards the sky or ceiling. Hold for a moment then bring it back down again to just about touch the floor. Repeat for a ten count. Then switch sides and do this with your left arm.

Side Wrist Strength
Hold the sword in your right hand, tip just about facing the floor, as it was doing in the previous exercise. Now bring the sword straight right until your arm is parallel to the floor and it is facing straight out to the right. The tip of the sword should enscribe an arc in this motion. Hold for a moment then bring it back down again to just about touch the floor. Repeat for a ten count. Then switch sides and do this with your left arm.

Windshield Wipers
Hold the sword in your right hand, hand at your belly button, sword pointing straight up. Have the flat of the blade pointing towards you. Tilt your wrist only so that the blade gently lowers all the way left until it is parallel to the floor. Bring the blade up again so the tip points towards the ceiling. Now lower the blade gently right until again it is parallel to the floor. Brin gthe blade up towards the ceiling. Do this motion 5 times. Then switch sides and do this with your left arm.

Forward Thrust
Hold the sword in your right hand. Keep your right arm at your side, and bring your forearm up to a 90 degree angle to your body, perpendicular to your chest. Lean the sword back so it rests on your right shoulder. Use your left hand to hold the right arm in place. Have the sword held in the normal grip with the thumb and forefinger gently resting around the grip just beneath the guard. Now slowly - just using the wrist - lower the sword forward and when it is out straight in front of you give an extra thrust straight forward. Bring the sword back up again so it rests on your shoulder. Do this to a ten count, then do it on the other side (with your left hand). A thrust is known as a "punte".

Note that I am doing these exercises while holding onto the grip. Apparently stronger people do these same exercises while holding the sword by its tip, to add more weight to the movement.

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