Nation Shall Not Threaten Nation

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XMR Erik Lehnsherr

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Nation Shall Not Threaten Nation

Postby XMR Erik Lehnsherr » Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:09 pm

Axel showed up in the gymnasium first, alone, surrounded by circular walls and shelves containing mass rows of weapons lined neatly in rows, but when Erik arrived it was only in all black pants and shirt, wearing socks rather than shoes, without a weapon of any kind. "Good morning," he greeted his new protege with a grin. "Ready to get started?"

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Re: Nation Shall Not Threaten Nation

Postby XMR Axel Sestol » Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:49 am

Axel had been told to dress comfortably so he had done just that. He was similarly dressed in a pair of black sweatpants, and a long sleeved Henley that matched. His long hair that was in much need of a cut, was pulled up in a viking risque top knot. His feet themselves were bare, as he had removed both socks and shoes near the door.

He greeted Erik with a grin and a wave when he entered. "Is this ok?" He indicated himself and what he was wearing.

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Re: Nation Shall Not Threaten Nation

Postby XMR Erik Lehnsherr » Fri Oct 26, 2018 6:40 pm

"Perfect," Erik nodded. "OK, so we're going to start with some basics. This is self-defense, it's not like a martial art. It's not a sport, or whatever," he gestured as he spoke. "So we'll do some stretching, some talking, get introduced to the ideas. Try a little bit, but it's just introducing it. Make sense?"

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Re: Nation Shall Not Threaten Nation

Postby XMR Axel Sestol » Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:45 am

Axel had his hands twined demurely behind his back as he watched and listened intently to Erik's instructions. He nodded along but in the end made sure to vocalize his understanding. "Yes, Erik."

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Re: Nation Shall Not Threaten Nation

Postby XMR Erik Lehnsherr » Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:30 am

"Good." Erik nodded and then began leading Axel through some basic warm-up techniques. "So it's like we always say, no matter what kind of situation you are in, the purpose of self-defense isn't about being tough, being able to fight. It's about surviving. The best way to end a fight is not to start one, right? So de-escalation, remaining calm, talking in a calm voice, that's important. This like, macho stuff, that's all bullshit. It's not like the movies, you can be killed with a punch. If you can run, run."

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Re: Nation Shall Not Threaten Nation

Postby XMR Axel Sestol » Sat Oct 27, 2018 5:36 pm

Axel followed along attentively, picking it up well and quickly. He may or may not have already had some martial arts training as a child that he was vaguely aware of. This was exactly what Axel needed to hear. That it was ok to run. It was ok to not want to fight. He just didn't want to be afraid anymore. "But, what if--what if they are trying to hurt me no matter what I say or do? I don't--want to use--" he sighed and worried on his bottom lip.

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Re: Nation Shall Not Threaten Nation

Postby XMR Erik Lehnsherr » Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:15 pm

"In that case, that's when this kind of training, that will help you. OK, so you know how to make a fist, like this? Throw that out, it's useless. It will just hurt you. If you need to hit someone, like this, use the palm of your hand, your fingers curled back. Right at the head, the nose." He mimed a quick strike, gently laying his palm over Axel's shoulder. "Right there, that's where you should hit. Just practice that kind of movement, against the bag, here." He tapped the punching bag hanging from the ceiling. "The angles, the lines of your body, that's where you'll hit from."

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Re: Nation Shall Not Threaten Nation

Postby XMR Axel Sestol » Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:46 pm

Axel watched closely and stepped up to the bag. "Like this?" He curled his fingers the way Erik had done and struck the bag with his palm but his own body seemed to move more than the bag did. He wasn't standing right, weight off balance.

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Re: Nation Shall Not Threaten Nation

Postby XMR Erik Lehnsherr » Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:04 am

"Excellent, very good. You can step forward and put your weight into it, but really it doesn't matter, with this kind of blow, all the force is transmitted in your arm, through your hand." He demonstrated with his left hand, stepping into it to give the bag a little shove. "The same thing, your elbow, strike to the side, strike down," he extended his arm and then bent his elbow, lightly tapping Axel's shoulder with it. "That's gravity, that helps you deliver the force, you see? The same thing with this, hammer fist." He made a fist but turned it to its side instead, bringing his hand down in a swinging motion. "At the neck, at the shoulder, that down movement gives you power. You always want to use gravity, force, angles."


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