Lease this WebApp and get rid of the ads.
Matters of Hand to Hand
Wed Apr 19, 2006 03:38 (XFF:

“Lyone Sei’Tar!”

Lyone turned from her walk to find the Head Gaidin approaching her, a hurried look on his face. In respect, she gave an awkward salute and then changed her mind halfway through that and proceeded into a mix of a bow and curtsey; Light burn these situations, she never knew how to react around the man to show him the respect that he may deserve as the Head Gaidin of the Training Grounds!

“Yes, Jield Gaidin?” At least her answer was smooth and polite, and she hoped she had added a right amount of respect into her voice – surely he wouldn’t want more, would he?

“Are you aware that there is to be a lesson on hand to hand combat today, taught by Enriana Gaidar?” His mind was clearly focusing on other tasks as well as this one, for his hands were wandering to rough up his hair without his realization. Jield Gaidin was not a person she envied, she would never like to have the authority of Head Gaidar set upon her, she wasn’t even sure she would handle the authority that came with the rank of Gaidar well! No, she decided, I definitely don’t want to hold any position of authority in the Training Grounds above Gaidar, that’s for sure!

“I am, sir,” did anyone call him ‘sir’? “Enriana Gaidar had enlisted me to help her setting up and to be her demonstration assistant. The lesson isn’t due to start until after lunch though, sir.” There was that ‘sir’ again.

“Yes, yes, that’s good, it’ll make it easier for you.”

“Easier for me to do what exactly, Jield Gaidin?”

“Enriana Gaidar had been,” he paused, “well let’s just say she’s been called away on important matters. Since she trusted you enough to assist her, I’m sure she will think that you would be a suitable replacement for her lesson. I’m not sure how many people will attend the lesson, it’s always hard to tell because the participation rate in the lesson seems to fluctuate haphazardly, but would you mind teaching it in place of her?”

“Not at all, sir; I’ve taught quite a few lessons in hand to hand combat, it could be another to add to the number.”

“Excellent! Thank you, Lyone; and I might add that I’ve been noticing your keen involvement in hand to hand combat and it impresses me that you seem to have found a keen interest so easily, you should be proud.”

“Thank you, sir.”

One more awkward half salute half bow and curtsey from Lyone and the Head Gaidin whisked himself away, off to attend to far more important matters, most likely. Since she was to be teaching the lesson instead of just assisting, Lyone decided not to return just yet to the barracks but to instead arrive at where the lesson would be taught in order to mentally prepare. Enriana had decided to have the lesson indoors, in one of the training halls, as a quiet escape from the many distractions outside on such a nice day.

Luckily for Lyone, Enriana Gaidar had prepared all physical preparations; there were soft safety mats layering the floor of the entire hall, reaching across to fit neatly into all the corners and against all the walls. Shifted across in neat piles in one corner was all the equipment that would be needed for the lesson, various pads and cushions as well as suitable shields that could be used for exercises in various parts of the lesson. Thinking quickly, Lyone placed the cushions around the room so that they made a giant circle that provided each cushion – they would act as seats – with enough personal space. Choosing the one at the head of the circle, Lyone sat down, closed her eyes and began the slow ritual of meditation. She breathed slowly in and out, exhaling fully and slowly so that she could take in deep rich breaths that reached all the way down to the bottom of her lungs.

For the next hours she worked through various meditation exercises in order to calm her mind and body in a way that she felt helped her to achieve her best when it came to hand to hand combat. When lunch was brought to a close by a bell, students began to clamber in, and upon seeing Lyone sitting on a cushion grew quiet. They sat down on the cushions forming the rest of the circle and looking around awkwardly.

“Welcome,” Lyone said, shocking some of them, “to the hand to hand combat lesson. I do not want your names just yet, but instead I want you to make yourself comfortable on your cushion, there are enough for everyone. Meditation is a vital part to hand to hand combat in order to properly relax your mind and body to be at your best. When you are comfortable, shut your eyes and take in twenty deep, slow breaths. In, and out, in, and out, in, and out and so on. When you’ve reached the count of twenty, the deep breathing will seem like second nature to you, so continue it and focus on your toes. Slowly tighten and relax them, and think about them become weightless. When you have a feeling of almost weightlessness, you’ll know when you get it, move up your legs and do the same thing. Slowly make your way up your body, tightening and relaxing each muscle until your entire body feels just like your toes. Your final muscle will be your mind, and when you make it weightless you will feel a swarming feeling that is oddly calming. When you achieve this, take twenty more breaths and open your eyes.”

OOC: Now that’s an original introduction ;-) Another lesson that will stay active, and a few of you requested this one too, so lots of you come and join! 300 words for this intro post, please, and email me with any questions and queries!

    • Lesson Finished!Jeremy, Sun May 14 14:10
      Good job, guys, and those with cedit are: -Accepted Arin -Sarin, Aethan'Tar And those with extensions are: -Tain, Aethan'Tar -Adrien-Baptiste Chandonee New lessons ahoy! ::Jeremy::
    • Part Three: Hands-OnLyone Sei'Tar, MuC, Tue May 9 04:11
      After a few moments of her little spiel, a few hands shot into the air and Lyone pointed at the boy who’d raised his hand first – one of those black clad trainees from the Black Tower. “What’s your... more
      • ObservingTain Aethan'Tar, Thu May 18 03:12
        After the short, delightful demonstration, that had the Sei’Tar pummeling the Light out of a Black Tower trainee, a short question and answers session followed. Tain smiled happily to himself, as the ... more
      • Practice Makes Fools of Us All.Adrien-Baptiste Chandonee, Mon May 15 20:11
        Adrien-Baptiste Chandonne had to give the Sei’tar credit. She would have made a fine soldier in the Dragons army, with her fire and her matter-of-factness. He admired that in her, in everyone for... more
      • IndelibleSarin Cordana - Aethan'Tar, Sat May 13 17:50
        When the teacher allowed them to challenge on another to a fight, a wide smile spread across the face of the Aethan’Tar. Finally, some real action, He immediately made his way towards one of the men... more
      • Remembering Old LessonsAccepted Arin Alistaire, Sat May 13 13:47
        Arin tried to listen more intently than she had the previous time as the Sei'Tar continued to explain. The woman, apparently, either did not want them to know much about her or would just rather keep ... more
    • Part Two: RulesLyone Sei'Tar, MuC, Tue May 2 22:54
      As they began the exercise that Lyone had given them, the Sei’Tar moved around the room slowly, watching each student as they practiced the punches that Lyone had set them. It was quite amusing to... more
      • Rule Number oneSarin Cordana - Aethan'Tar, Mon May 15 17:25
        Every teacher who would teach something like hand to hand combat would tell you that you should never use it unless in self-defense. But Sarin Cordana knew better, after all they weren’t training him ... more
      • I was never one for rules!Tain Aethan'Tar, Tue May 9 00:59
        Tain smiled to himself, as he continued his fight against the imaginary foe, he was pretending to beat the life out of, by punching. He was enjoying this lesson and was looking forward to using it to ... more
      • Of the Highest PriorityAccepted Arin Alistaire, Mon May 8 22:17
        Arin tried to keep her attention on the teacher, only half-succeeding. This woman's method of teaching and Lian's method were two different things. Lian's way had been rather… painful at times,... more
      • Protocols MUST Be ObservedAdrien-Baptiste Chandonee, Wed May 3 13:23
        “Now,” the as yet unnamed instructor said after rattling off a whole spiel about the proper progression for defending ones self. As he would have expected for the White Tower, it was long, tedious,... more
    • Fighting for survivalTain Aethan'Tar, Fri Apr 28 02:13
      In quick succession, three blows landed in his midriff, knocking him off his feet, to tumble to the ground. Tain lay on his back, staring up at the clear blue sky, trying and failing to pull air into ... more
    • Quieting the MindAccepted Arin Alistaire, Thu Apr 27 20:23
      Arin couldn't help smiling slightly. This coming lesson was something that she enjoyed: hand to hand combat. As her friends could testify, the girl was violent. Under pressure, she was fairly likely... more
    • Part One: PunchingLyone Sei'Tar, MuC, Wed Apr 26 00:49
      “It’s an amazing feeling, isn’t it?” Lyone asked, hoping that most of the trainees gathered had actually managed to reach the stage in the meditation when the feeling she wanted them to get became... more
      • Fists of RageSarin Cordana - Aethan'Tar, Sun Apr 30 16:36
        Sarin Cordana’s fist was balled at his side through the whole time the teacher spoke; he was ready to fight without a weapon any day. He slowly raised each hand to their proper position near his... more
      • Re-learningAccepted Arin Alistaire, Sat Apr 29 13:24
        Their instructor on the subject seemed to be quite enthusiastic about what she was teaching. Certainly, she was more verbose than she had been when explaining the basics of meditation. It was a sharp ... more
      • A warrior without a clueTain Aethan'Tar, Sat Apr 29 01:30
        A flash of lightning illuminated the parade grounds, as a crash of thunder split the silence. Rain poured out of the heavens, soaking the tall man through. He stood at the centre of the open area,... more
      • Punch Drunk LoveAdrien-Baptiste Chandonne, Fri Apr 28 19:55
        It might have taken longer than he could consider desirable, the lesson did eventually continue. The instructor offered a few insights, and for the most part, they made sense. That… whatever her name ... more
    • Only a Fool Trusts His Life To a WeaponSarin Cordana - Aethan'Tar, Sun Apr 23 17:09
      Sarin Cordana tossed aside the rag he had used to wipe the sweat from his forehead after his 5-mile jog. It was a simple warm-up while he had nothing better to do, no lessons until later in the day... more
    • Hooked on a feelin'...Adrien-Baptiste Chandonee, Fri Apr 21 11:04
      Adrien wondered as he wandered aimlessly through the White Tower, just how it was that anything ever got accomplished in the ceaseless warren the Aes Sedai and their ilk called home. He decided he... more
  • Click here to receive daily updates