Swordfighting Stance - Half Iron Gate Guard

Half Iron Gate guard is a low guard. You start in a left stance.

Swordfighting left stance

Half Iron Gate has the sword halfway between your forward right leg and your rear left leg.

Swordfighting Half Iron Gate Guard stance

Your arms are low and loose, almost dangling, in a rest position.

The opposite position (in right stance) is Full Iron Gate.

Sixty percent of the weight is on the BACK foot in this pose, so help coil the power for the swing. Also, make sure the hand is "securely wrapped" on the sword in the sense that fingers are not out and flayed. If you have any pre-move motion, it becomes a tell that opponents will watch for to know you are about to attack. You want to move smoothly from this guard into the attack without any initial adjusting of fingers or elbows.

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