The first thing we are going to look at is the training expected of you before Phase I. What can you do to prepare before you even start your Warrior’s Journey?
It’s true that the Warrior Masterclass Phase I is designed to take students of all experience and ability levels, and give them a solid foundation in Screen Combat before they move onto the next Phase. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be doing anything to prepare for it though. Preparation starts the moment you book on.
The best thing to work on before Phase I is your fitness. We wrote a great article earlier in the year all about how to prepare for your courses which you can find HERE. We would usually say that if you can complete a circuits class you have the fitness level to attend the course. The best advice that we can give though is that the fitter you are the more you will get out the course. It’s hard to take in all the instructors advice if you are constantly catching your breath, it’s also hard to put that advice into action if you are struggling to keep your sword up because the muscles in your arms are aching. You should be constantly working on your fitness and cardio before the course, and getting your arms used to carry heavy items and objects such as weapons. This can be done using and holding weights, simulating using weapons. This will make sure you are in the best shape you can be before you pick up a weapon.
The most important parts of Phase I is being safe, and routine retention. It's advisable to get used to learning routines whether it's a simple dance, or martial arts routine. This will help you grow muscle memory and co-ordination before the course. For safety, you can simply use an object like a broomstick to simulate a weapon, getting used to controlling it, simulating an attack and stopping it a distance away from an object like a door or a wall. The weapons on the course are heavy, so it is vital that you are wielding them safely.
You may be nervous before you attend Phase I, and you might not know anyone on the course, but don't worry. Everyone is in the same position as you, and by the end of the course, you will have made strong friends with likeminded students!