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Rudder Guard

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There are two variations on the rudder guard, trailing or leading. The leading rudder guard is performed in reversed left lead grip, tip of the staff on the ground, right hand on the base held in front of the head, angled at perhaps 30 degrees from vertical, with the left foot forward. The staff can be straight in front or slightly to the side.

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The trailing rudder guard is performed by entering rudder guard then stepping back with the left so that the right is forward, and drawing the tip of the staff along the ground to the left side of the body until it lays in line with the rear leg. The grip can return to orthodox if needed, and the rear (right) hand is held in front of the body somewhat. The lead rudder guard will generally simply be referred to here as “rudder guard”, while the alternative will be “trailing rudder guard”.

Reverse Rudder Guard [non canonical name]

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The second is the movement that would occur if we were in rudder guard and dragged our tip along the ground by our right side turning ourselves to the right to face away from our opponent, then lifting our staff slightly off the ground. This is the transitional movement that would be part of a plunging false edge strike with the staff. Essentially it’s rudder guard facing the wrong way, and as such we’ll call it “reverse rudder guard”.

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