The first strike came to his left, which his blade blocked at an angle.
"Don't just use standard attacks." Nicolas said with a riposte. "Use the unorthodox." In between each strike and parry, he forced the Struggle bat away - simultaneously dropping hints on how to be a better fighter. "Stay out of my reach when you're not attacking. Faster; disrupt my focus." He was saying while holding off his younger opponent.
Ander would no doubt notice that he was holding back. He was content to ride out the onslaught: Every strike and parry, every riposte and counter-strike was made well. Nicolas was inwardly impressed. His opponent held tremendous potential; what a happy day this was for him!
"You're very good. You do not lack for skill, but you need experience." Nicolas raised his blade in salute. From his grin and how he didn't bother to hold off the next strike, he obviously meant the compliment.
This time he deliberately allowed Ander to hit him - hard, in the face. The Struggle Bat was much denser than it looked - and it caused his head to ache when it struck him just above the left cheek. It even left a bruise.
"You fight brilliantly, young one." He said as he backed away momentarily whilst examining the bat. "But you rush right in when you see a chance for victory. Recognize that it's endurance where battles truly count. Struggling against your enemy is only half of it. The other half is knowing yourself: If your enemy is faster than you, you will be outrun. If you are weaker, you will be overpowered. If you are less intelligent - then you will be outwitted."
He emphasized his point by gesturing to the newly created bruise. "And if your enemy is more durable, then you will be outlasted."
And with that, he reached up - and in a flash of light his sword disappeared: But a split second later, a new weapon appeared in his hand. A large war hammer. Made from dull grey metal, the head and the shaft were inscribed with brilliantly glowing runes all over.
"Gatebreaker." Said Nicolas, raising the weapon. "I've seen your brawn and your brains. Now let's see your brass. How well can you take a hit, especially when I hit you, like THIS!?"
And with that, Nicolas counterattacked - swinging his hammer parallel to the ground, two-handed, directly at the younger man's legs.