The impact of the other man’s sword on his blade jarred him; he had nearly missed the block. Stepping out to increase his base, he weathered the attack and recovered his footing while his opponent withdrew, preparing his next swing.
It came straight on this time. He moved his attacker’s blade with his own. As the blade slide away, the other man pushed his arms to the side, causing the tip of his blade to seek the heart again.
He stepped back and pushed his own sword up, lifting the other man’s blade so the tip passed before his face.