OK, as someone who has actually trained in fencing - longsword, arming sword (the closest to your little routine), sword and shield, dagger, spear, etc - you are basically a dream opponent. You don't know enough about what you are doing to be dangerous. Let's start with your stance: it's useless. You've left your sword arm completely exposed to either a cut or a thrust, so a simple lunge from your opponent would end the fight. You aren't holding the sword in a way where the cross-guard will assist you in any way with blocking, so you are 100% reliant on the blade to block, which means you are wide-open for a 2nd intention attack. Most swords without a complex hand guard and without a shield are not held directly in front of the body like that because your only real option from there is a thrust - a cut requires you to reset to an alternative starting point and therefore slows you down. Finally, the blade being in the centre ruins your defence against a good attacker by giving you two possible directions to parry in (left or right) rather than one, which would be the case if the blade was in a proper fencing position (e.g. sixte or quarte). Footwork next. It's terrible. Fencing footwork is designed to be efficient, deliberate and sufficiently grounded to lend power to your cuts or thrusts. As you cut or land a thrust your feet should generally be well-planted to give you grounding to make the cut actually matter, otherwise you'll get a glancing cut at best. With the type of sword "fighting" that you're currently doing, the likely best approach for getting a cut or thrust on target is the lunge, which allows a huge and very sudden increase in cutting range and a speedy retreat once you condition your legs to give you the explosive power in both directions - this may require hitting the gym and doing plenty of squats. Unstable footwork is again great for an experienced swordsman because it offers a great opportunity to bind your blade and close to grappling distance or just to drive through a block that has no chance of any power to it. Grip - you seem to be gripping the wrong place on the sword. Bear in mind that if you are using a real sword is it precisely balanced so that a grip immediately below the hilt gives you maximum point and edge control. Moving your hand further from the fulcrum might feel like an advantage because of the extra reach, but in reality you are making it much more difficult to keep the blade stable, and as such you will suffer when trying to either parry or getting the sword to the right target. Finally the attacks themselves. As you're doing these alone, I have no idea what you're actually visualising when doing this, but the closest I can guess is a parry-piposte in most cases. In which case you badly need to decide whether you are cutting or thrustiung as a riposte, because your actually movement seems to include elements of both which makes it worse than either. Based on the faults above, these cuts and/or thrusts are not likely to do much against someone that is similarly armed and has more than a session or two of training and sparring under their belt. Seriously, find a class. This is terrible!