Regulations and Instructions for the Cavalry Sword Exercises

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W. Clowes, 1819 - Sword exercise - 96 pages

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Page 3 - One — Bring the hands and arms to the front, the fingers lightly touching at the points, and the nails downwards ; then raise them in a circular direction well above the head, the ends of the fingers still touching, the thumbs pointing to the rear, the elbows pressed back, and shoulders kept down.
Page 75 - ... or any part which more immediately comes in contact with it. The forcing also of the edge can be resorted to when very near and closely pressed upon by an adversary, by suddenly extending the arm, and directing the edge across the face, or where an opening is given ; in this case, however, the hand should not be carried more than absolutely requisite either to the Right or Left, or make too wide a movement, so as to offer an equal chance to your opponent. When sufficient space is allowed for...
Page 4 - These two motions should be frequently practised, with the head turned as much as possible to the right or left, and the body kept square to the front : this tends very materially to supple the neck, &c.
Page 8 - ... gradually until the wrists, by bearing inwards, touch the breast, the elbows being kept up ; then, by forcing back the shoulders, the hands will be drawn apart, and the motion is completed by sinking the elbows, and smartly extending the arms and fingers in a diagonal line, with the right wrist as high as the head, the shoulders kept down, and the thumbs inclined to the right. For beginners, this motion may be divided, — by giving the word Prepare for the first part, and remaining perfectly...
Page 5 - Five. — With the arms flexible and easy from the shoulders, raise the body gradually, so as to resume the position of attention. The whole of these motions should be done very gradually, so as to feel the exertion of the muscles throughout. To these extension motions, drill-sergeants, in their instructions, add the following, as similarly useful.
Page 6 - ... the head retaining its position to the front. Three — Bring the right heel before the left, the feet at right angles, the right foot pointing to the front, and the weight of the body resting on the left leg. Second Position in Two Motions. One — Bend the knees gradually, keeping them as much apart as possible, without raising the heels, or changing the erect position of the body. Two — Step out smartly with the right foot about eighteen inches, in line with the left heel, the weight of...
Page 70 - ... the edge : nor should any movement of attack or defence be attempted with the Stick which could not be performed in a combat with Swords. It would be useless to endeavour to state which are the best movements, as they must depend entirely upon the judgment and abilities of the parties engaged ; but as the loose play should not be allowed until a sufficient competency is attained by the parties, and they have been thoroughly instructed in the movements of Attack and Defence, they can never find...

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