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- Swordsmanship - After having used a sword in actual combat, with Yuel’s intuitive prowess and--as she stated--comfortability with the weapon specifically, to the extent that it feels like it runs in her blood, naturally there were countless things she instantly discovered when utilising it. Within seconds, taking into account her knowledge of physics and the ability to apply it in real time, she assumed a perfectly balanced and stable stance that would easily lead into offense, defense, or a change of scenery within minutes. Of course, there’s a limit to how far she could have gotten.
- To be specific, she mainly learned proper holding of a sword and efficient wielding. For example, stance. Balance and stability is key, or else any clashing or power put into a swing is disrupted and in the end made redundant. Proper distance between your feet in correlation to your shoulder width should be parallel for a basic stance. Having bent knees to a slight degree allows for quick change in posture and position, or application of power in a swing or block generated from throughout the body. One’s posture should be kept straight from their hips to shoulder, and the curvature of the neck is relatively negligible. Depending on what kind of movement you want to make or be prepared for changes how you hold the sword. For a quick reaction ready to make any necessary movements with no focus on mobility, defense, or offense, Yuel prefers holding the sword close to her centre with both hand, around two or three inches apart in grip. Preferable, she holds it close to her chest and keeps her wrists straight for steady but powerful hold.
- In terms of swinging, Yuel often rotates her hips without leaning in any direction should she swing diagonally or horizontally, with her shoulders kept steady and elbows initially bent. Towards the point where her blade makes contact, Yuel rapidly shifts to having her elbows straight. This method is to exert full power with minimal effort. The bend-to-straight maneuver offers a slingshot-esque effect, with movement of the waist and hips--which for most females are their centre of gravity and balance--adding rotationary power without risking going off balance, especially with her shoulders kept stable.
- Defending shouldn’t come from strength in the arms, but stability of the legs. In a clashing, Yuel lets the power of the ground tank the force as opposed to her body. Bending the knees and contracting her body in the opposite direction of the attack while throwing her balance at that direction, so long as Yuel’s body can physically hold out, she should be able to block the force directed towards her. This time around, her elbows should be kept locked, but not straight so as to avoid them bending in the wrong direction when under too much stress. Furthermore, her wrists should still be kept straight to allow all the stress to past through so as to prevent any fractures in that area.
- As Yuel isn’t too experienced with swords yet, there’s still a lot more to learn in terms of wielding them. On the other hand, she’s also grasped a lot more in terms the sword’s self as well. For example, why she can’t just rely on the sword’s weight to produce a proper swing. Well made swords typically balance themselves closer to the hilt, so the weight towards the end of the blade isn’t a substantial amount, or at least enough to produce decent force on weight alone. Additionally, why a sword is thinner towards the edges to make it “sharp”, but why the slope of the edge isn’t too intense. The edges must be able to tackle enough stress to keep shape and produce more pressure than whatever it’s hitting can take on.
- Those vibrations run through the edges and into the thicker centre of the blade, where the entirety of the sword must be robust enough to not bend enough to lose defensive/offensive force. Furthermore, forging a sword in layers allows for better spreading and neutralisation of the stress. At the same time, a sword too formed will risk shattering as a result of having low compression strength, thus it must be able to bend, especially when stabbing things. This also helps the vibrational transfers throughout the sword to the hilt, arguably the most stable part of the entire sword according to Yuel’s experience.
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