Velocities are two person exercises that help familiarize one with the realities of combat. While rehearsed, the patterns and combinations are the most common and basic of swordplay. Careful practice and study can yield much insight into dueling.
Please always wear Protective Equipment when practicing with a partner. Not only for your own safety but for your partner's piece of mind as well. Play safe play hard.
The First velocity is called "The Nucleus". It is the most primary and basic of all exchanges and should be mastered by every student wishing to gain proficiency. The name is two fold, referring to both the tight center the exercise moves around, and it's importance in the progression of skill.
The next velocity is "The Kessel Run". It is concerned with backward and forward movement. In the forward it advances and keep the pressure on, when moving backward, it is looking to break the opponents rhythm and change to advancing.
(Master's note: This exercise can often tell the teacher if the student should progress to Ataru or Soresu first in their training
The Third velocity is "3 of each" and is concerned with the dynamic of defense and attack. Each player is essentially performing the same strike three times at the various levels. These can be combined with any foot work or order. It can be done as a matching set (pre arranged) or a free sparring exercise (not prearranged) and anything in between.
This velocity is best used under the guidance of a teacher.