Swordfighting Stance - Full Iron Gate GuardFull Iron Gate guard is a low guard. You start in a right stance.
Full Iron Gate has the sword halfway between your forward left leg and your rear right leg.
I do not have a photo of this position yet.
Your arms are low and loose, almost dangling, in a rest position.
The opposite position (in left stance) is Left Iron Gate.
Sixty percent of the weight is on the BACK foot in this pose, so help coil the power for the swing. Also, make sure the hand is "securely wrapped" on the sword in the sense that fingers are not out and flayed. If you have any pre-move motion, it becomes a tell that opponents will watch for to know you are about to attack. You want to move smoothly from this guard into the attack without any initial adjusting of fingers or elbows.
For Audio WAV files to help with guard training, visit my Guards Audio WAV Files page.
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