This week's sequence is a nice general form built for versatility and transitions. It has very easy footwork and a range of blade movements, including shields, sweeps, and tandem strikes. It contains 9 movements and is appropriate to any blade weight.


   Footwork      Bladework

1. Retreat         Shield-5
2. Back-pivot  Diving sweep
3. Advance      Flat sweep
4. Advance      Shield-9
5. Advance      Overhead strike
6. Advance      Lateral strike (side of head)
7. Advance       Lateral strike (opposite side of head)
8. ---                 Shield-4
9. Lunge           Straight cut

This is a good sequence for showing the many ways that shields turn into attacks, and in the case of movements 3 and 4, vice versa as well.