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Old 06-20-2001, 05:01 AM   #7
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We practice something close to what Anne and Louis describes, except we usually practice with one 'defender' and 4 to 6 'attackers' We try to keep the pace down by only walking to prevent if from turning into uncontrolled fighting and the 'attackers' attack by grapping the wrists of the 'defender'. The purpose is to constantly move and position oneself in the best possible way in order to train the awareness of the suroundings. If one of the 'attackers' mannage to get behind the 'defender' and lightly pat his or her shoulder it is an indication of a very dangerous situation. The funny thing is that one can get so stressed in spite of the low pace that a pat on the shoulder stings like a strike or a sword cut.

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