Soresu (Soor-EE-sew), is known as the Resilience form or “The way of the Mynock” and is the third of the classical Light Saber Dulons. Soresu’s philosophy is one of total protection and fluidity. This Dulon is utilized to provide time to think and react during combat, using a strategy and tactics to eventually gain opportunities for victory. The Soresu Dulon expresses an interaction of both lines and circles.

   With Soresu’s focus on footwork and tight movements a protective shield called the Circle of Protection, or Circle of Shelter is formed. With the manipulation of and the controlling of the centerline, Soresu maintains a protective posture and gains time to create openings or plan counter strikes. As a pacifist form Soresu is great for one on one contests, self protection, and endurance. However with a greatly reduced offense this style must out last an opponent and risks being overwhelmed. The AFA expression of Soresu utilizes more tactics and awareness rather than a focus on defensive thinking. In combat “defensive thinking” is slower and dangerous to the swordsman.

Soresu is highly meditative and one’s focus is directed inwards, thus allowing one to rely on reflexes which are placed in a heightened state of awareness. Due to it’s emphasis on meditation a Soresu stylist can remain calm and in control of one’s emotions. In turn this Dulon is patient and possesses great restraint and endurance, mainly for the fact of using tight movements to conserve energy. Soresu is a formula of fluidity, a moving meditation. Training in the Soresu Dulon includes;

  • Footwork
  • Spinning and turning
  • Meditation
  • Deflections and screens
  • Flourishes Level-3
  • Multiple attackers
  • Maneuvers
  • Dulon and concepts
  • Defensive strategies