Lesson 2

After learning the stance and the initial on-guard position, the next topic is the extension and the lunge.

The Extension

All attacks are precipitated with an extension of the arm.  The extension moves our weapon closer to our opponent and threatens them in such a fashion that to be safe they must go on the defensive.  During the extension the hand is moved forward and it is raised to shoulder height.  The arm is straightened but not locked.  If you are close enough to your opponent an extension of the arm may be sufficient to score a touch (i.e. thrust the opponent).

The Lunge

LungeThe lunge is a body movement that forcefully and quickly takes the attack to the opponent.  To execute the lunge the extension should already have been made or at least started.  The lunge is made by lifting the front toe and at the same time starting to lean the torso slightly forward and pushing the body forward with the back leg.  During the push forward the front leg is kicked out forward and the front foot comes down on the heel and the front foot rolls flat, the forward knee ending up over the instep.  The back arm is thrown back during the final motion of the lunge. The back leg will end up completely straight and locked.  The picture to the right shows a full lunge.

The recovery from the lunge

The recovery is made by relaxing the back leg (bending the knee) and pushing the torso back with the front leg.  Once the body is upright the weapon arm will be brought back into the on-guard position.  


You  must practice the extension and lunge until it seems second nature.  The lunge should be a quick and explosive movement that will forcefully deliver an attack to your opponent.

To see a lunge in motion click on the image above.