Mariya blocked the next few attacks easily, since Sol Damerin was not exactly focusing on them. He was busy explaining the concepts of reach for swordsmanship, something which she had already learnt earlier from the failed attack. It sounded easy for Sol to talk about staying on the opponent's edge. The extension of a weapon made it more difficult compared to bare fist brawling, and also more lethal. There was only one way to improve and it was practice. That was something that she would need to pick it up in her own free time.
She returned the same attacks back dutifully when Sol requested her to mimic his actions. Sometimes learning through observation and imitation was just as effective as verbal teaching. First was a slash, then a half pirouette move, also known as a jung in lightsaber combat (not that she knew any terms) and a downwards slice, tossing it a few extra moves of her own to test out her own swordsmanship. The next part of lifting the blade up to her chest level, a move that she had seen some blade wielding mercenaries done before. When Sol explained how height difference made a impact to the reach, she began to understand why some of them did such a move.
"This sword position, I have seen it before done by others. I would assume that this is also a position where you could use your weapon like a ruler to estimate an opponent's reach, since you would be well versed in the length of your own weapon and arm length."
The blade was solid from head to toe, requiring her to put in some effort to maintain it at her chest level. If she were using a lightsaber, it would make things easier. But her mentor was older and doing perfectly fine, so she continued.
"So, one and half inch difference. How can I compensate the difference in reach then? If the enemy uses his reach well and holds me at bay, I need to find some way to move in. Footwork?"