Today I started to teach one student how to use the straight sword.
If he was thinking that learning to use the straight sword would mean that he gets to jump in right away and start waving the sword he was in for a disappointment.
The first thing to learn was how to put the mind on the sword tip without having to look at it and develop a sense of awareness to an enemy from there. So before you even bring the sword out and start drawing patterns in the air the initial thing to do is how to use the sword before even drawing it out.
Then the next thing is how to use the sword handle for striking and how to use the sword even with its blade down. I briefly touched on how not to let someone grab your sword.
Once the preliminaries are over then the next time I will go into how to take the sword out and have fun with waving it around.