But delightfully, the class was no more tiring than ordinary and pressure drill were noticeable by their absence, so that everyone got into bouting fresh and, well, rested might be slightly too strong a word, but at least we weren't exhausted half to death.
I got good blows in at the start of my first two bouts, first with Maaret and then with Topi, who called the one I got him with a nice one and commented that I had become a much more aggressive fighter lately and attacked more. Heh, and I was always the most aggressive of the salle's lady fighters! After a good start my performance went downhill, probably mostly due to fatigue which I didn't notice at the time. One problem I keep having with Topi is that in freeplay, I'm terrified of him! So of course I had to attack him as soon as I may to end it before my fear got the best of me. Unfortunately, this not being a battle, the bout still outlasted my nerve and he solidly beat me into a heap.
To sum up what I learned about my own freeplay:
- I still can't get from low to high and keep getting hit in the head.
- I get stuck in frontale, unable to yield or attack. (At least I'm not the only one spending half their time standing in the quintessential Oh Shit Guard.)
- Against The Guy, it really doesn't help me to patiently wait for him to attack because when he does so, he's too fast to actually see very well.
- Topi catching The Guy and absolute beaut of a point right below the ribs.
- The Guy and Ilkka closing in for zhogo stretto and The Guy's sword sliding at high speed across floor to be stopped by an onlooker.
- The Guy literally throwing Ilkka to the floor.
- Maaret's last attack being followed through properly and putting a point in The Guy's face.