The problem with complaining is, well, unless something constructive is done immediately after, it is mostly destructive. Done, okay on to constructive.
First I would like to introduce a new idea, feedback on fencing form. It is done all over all the time by coaches for their students, but how do people that are far away or only get visits, or can't afford direct feedback able to improve? I think that there should be a forum, in the old sense of the word too, where people can post videos of themselves doing specific drills/actions that the community can constructively criticize. There might be a future option of paying for a professional opinion, but that is just a subset of ideas for the bigger idea.
The beginning of the forum is here: http://fencegorges.forumotion.com/ Please feel free to sign-up and start discussions and maybe post a video.
The second idea is to branch off on my own to set up a fencing class or two. I think that this would remove me from my apathy that I mentioned and get me away from complaining. My biggest concern probably is beginner set upkeep as I really cannot afford ten sets right off the bat, and to have Hawai'i do terrible things to the gear would be a shame.
I want a much more structured class that gets people learning and applying, but not just bouting. I see an informal bout and I am thinking about how they could improve, but when I am in the midst of a bout I hardly think of how I could improve. I do think afterwards but then the next week when i actually get to fence the person again I have probably forgotten. I know I should write down my observations... As I start to see I just need a better framework on which to operate, and that's what I want to offer is a structured class.
What if I offered two? One that was super analytical, moving people to look and study. The other being mostly repetition and working on form in class? I think I might have to have an established base of students before I get too far in that set of ideas.
So if you were in a class, just beginning, what would you like to learn before moving into drills that you need gear for? What games could be done in between intense sessions of drills/learning to get people moving but not completely distract from the main object of teaching fencing?
There is much more this direction, but really that is why I am trying to start a forum.
Friday, November 30, 2012
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