I do some sword techniques in martial art classes, but almost only two-handed techniques, and it was awkward trying to translate them into one-handed moves for the comic's purpose.
Egesa is not being very sensible, she hits Ellen mere inches from the throat, even with a wooden sword, hitting just a little too high could kill! But I've said it before: Egesa is too dumb to really be a good friend.
This page rules. I used to do wooden sword fighting in the SCA and I got some crazy looking bruises that were massive.
I drew some cross-hatching on Ellen's wrists - it's not her first fight of the day! - , that's where I always end up all bruised up myself (a good part of it is from hand to hand combat though).
You did some excellent motion work on this page!
Cool sword fight!