"Sometimes, you have to play defence first and weather the attacks of the enemy before mounting your own offence and striking back while the opponent is recovering from their losses, sounds crazy I know, but more often than not, it works"
He picked the swords up out of the basket and put them under his arm.
"Shall we go do some training then?"
He smiled to her and then headed out of the black smiths and over to the wall.
"I need fifteen men to come with me for the first lot of sword training, please, follow me"
He then led the first fifteen people over to where he usually sparred by himself and gave them a sword each, for half an hour they followed his movements slowly, then he set them up into pairs to see how they would fair, he told them not to hurt one another, but just take it in turns to attack and block. After a few hours he told them to stop
"Good, you are all doing well, I am very proud of all of you, if you keep this up, and take these swords and practice whenever you can, you will soon be able to do pretty much anything with a sword and if you look at the markings on the blade, these were engraved on by Shie, they have strengthened the sword so that it will not break when a demon bites it, they are also marked with a symbol that means the demon will be hurt a lot more by the blade because of the holy power bestowed, treat these weapons well and they will take good care of you in return"
He then bowed to each of them in turn and picked up his own swords.
"Now I know you have only had a few hours practice, but I want you all to attack me in groups of two or three, this is to show you what it is like to be attacked by a group of demons, I shall not hurt you, but I want you to try and get past my defence"
He then stood ready with his swords, the villagers attacked in groups of two or three, throwing their all into it, a couple of times they came close to getting past his defence and beating him, but he would pull a trick and send them sprawling, inviting more of them into the fray, when they had all had a go, he asked them to stop, he smiled to them and told them that they had done well and they could all rest.
He smiled and walked over to Shie.
"They show promise, those fifteen alone could defend this village against many demons, we could probably set off tomorrow if you wish, before everyone else wakes up"