Man and the Sword
       
     
Man and The Sword Stepped
       
     
Man and the Sword
       
     
Man and the Sword
Man and The Sword Stepped
       
     
Man and The Sword Stepped

this is the way I usually work on animation. I block the main key poses out and then I space them out to get a sense of timing and flow of the animation. Then I add breakdowns in order to get a smoother transition between key frames.