Blocking seems to be a 21-month-old Anders’ nemesis. It is the last thing I need him to get down before we can review everything and move to the next level of training. So far, we have tried the following:
- Me moving his arms for him. He allowed me to do this several months ago but not any longer.
- Standing in front of him or next to him to try to get him to follow along.
- Using my hands/arms to tap him in different locations to get him to try and move his arms/hands to those locations.
- Using padded swords/blockers and doing the same as above but in a more fun manner.
There was another lesson we did about a week ago where we tried blocking again. It was a disaster. I recorded it but for some reason the file got corrupted, and I could not upload it. Convenient, right?
For whatever reason, blocking does not seem to be coming as quickly as the other things. It is just too much fun getting hit in the head with something rather than blocking it. Kind of scary.
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He has so much fun not blocking that he runs his own head into the padded swords on purpose, followed by a round of giggles. Cute, but not quite what we are looking for.
Just when I thought all hope was lost and I was walking towards the camera to turn it off, I had a second thought. I got out the padded swords and he seemed to be having fun, so let’s just have a little sword battle.
During our little battle, I noticed that he would use his sword to block my sword when I attempt to hit him. So, I slowed down a bit and tried to get him to focus on using the sword to block the same areas that we tried to block empty handed.
Kind of, sort of successful. I may be reaching, especially after weeks of no progress in the blocking front, but it’s better than nothing. Now I must figure out how to build upon this small sliver of hope to make Anders block with his arms. I’m not sure how to do this yet, but that is part of the fun.
For more background on my purpose and philosophy in training Anders, check this post out.
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