He first wanted to work on the stances of Yūgana swordstyle, First, he began with a simple yet effective stance Vomtag or Highguard. He raised his sword in a slight angle backwards over his head. Swaying it side to side to get a better feel for the stance and angles the sword can come from. He moved around in the guard to get a better feel for it it was awkward at first but eventually, he got more used to it. Now when he was used to standing and moving around he would proceed to do a few practice cuts, while he knew he how to cut but he wasn't as used to the stance and the longsword. First his cuts were careful to get a proper feel before trying it normally where it then was stiff and clunky, going over it again he relaxed his muscles this time giving it more of a fluid slice, he then did that exact same thing over and over again until he eventually grew quick and fluid using skills from one-handed sword slicing style and applying it to the longsword. However he had done more to truly learn the High guard he needed to do more, Fighting isn't only about slicing and standing correctly. The foe also wants to kill you. He assumed his stance and move around being quick on his toes and using the footwork his father had thought him he began with a quick vertical slice forward before jumping back and doing so again, he did it over and over creating a nice rhythm. As he was in rhythm he would then raise his guard as he jumped back that way creating a slicing and blocking rhythm. This rhythm was made to simulate the actual feel of a fight with constantly cutting blocking and countering and blocking, he then switched it up not only slicing vertically forwards but diagonally and different angled blocks. Still keeping this training routine but switching it up gradually working on faints and horizontal cuts even quick diagonal cuts from the stance by fainting a vertical slice before twisting the blades to point downwards and slicing upwards. Then he started to work more and more on follow up cuts weaving in different slices in one fluid motion before going back to blocking and then into his base guard. He then stopped his rhythm as standing in place and doing all this wouldn't help him if he didn't know how to do all of this while moving. So he began once more introducing side-steps and turning steps, using it as a way to learn to find angles inside his stance.
He had gotten very used to it by now but he needed more to truly learn the stance, he would do the same as before only this time breaking rhythm randomly with either blocking, dodging, or cutting. This constant rhythm breaking was more difficult then anything else as breaking his rhythm would make him do mistakes with blocking dodging or cutting. Even getting mixed up or hesitating to do all of those things at times. He continued for quite some time practicing and practicing until no errors were made. Now while he was close to being done he felt the need to practice more on cuts not only the motion but on actual cutting dummies. A placed all in a row so he could quickly change dummy instead of having to place each one individually after the other. He stood in front of the dummy before assuming his stance, he would then come down with two diagonal slices from each side before finishing the dummy off with a horizontal slice. He moved on the next before doing two diagonal slices from the top and this time from the same side before doing an upwards diagonal slice on the other side. On the third dummy, he would work on faints and upwards diagonal slices fainting a vertical cut before switching to an upwards diagonal slice and then a downwards diagonal cut while stepping out gaining a much better angle.
After cutting the dummies he would place another one close to him, this time he would work on counter attacks. After placing the dummy he would assume his stance, before raising his guard taking a step backwards and the stepping forwards with a slice. After performing the move he would do the same again but instead fainting the diagonal slice only to step out on the outside with a slice leaving little to nothing on the practice dummy left. He would continue his massacre of dummies by training his counter cut again, Doing a slightly different variation of the last one two times over.
Now for the next exercise that would truly test his skill with the stance, Mondai would place different cutting dummies all over. Then he would get into a rhythm doing cuts, block, and counters over and over. Then after getting into a rhythm he would move to all different dummies. He would switch between cutting countering and guarding, He would mix up his onslaught of static targets. Each cut would be delivered with the intent to kill, each block had full strength and weight putt into them each counter would be swift as the wind. His side steps and follow-up cuts would be a blur. After a few hours of training, mondai had now mastered the high guard.
D-rank Taijutsu stance
The High guard is a useful technique for downward slashes but it can do a number of different things. The high guard is where they have the sword pointed upwards in a slight angle backwards over the head. But can be used on either left, over the head, or right side. As of the nature of the stance, the downward cut is almost completely non-telegraphed. But due to the nature of the stance, it is predictable on what attack it will be. most of the time