I'm going to try and update my progress every night-ish. The last few nights were spent fixing up the 180 break and getting some critiques, but more importantly, studying. On recommendation from a friend I found some great clips from Fantasia's Rite of Spring section and the fight between Little Foot's Mom and the Sharptooth in The Land Before Time (the first one because that's the only one that matters anyway). I also checked out a lot of footage of rhinos, hippos, and elephants to get an idea of how they move. Apparently there are a lot of videos out there of those animals fighting too, which was interesting to study as well.
I just finished a rough pass on the first shot. Everything is linear tangents. I'm going to do a similar pass on the other shots in the coming days, getting them to a rough, linear tangent phase, then it's on to splines and polish! Oh, and I took out the camera shake and stuff so you can see the animation better for any critiquing.