Weeks 1 -4 were getting everyone used to movement. Last week, four, introduced blades and how to hit the wall. Gave them a concept of 4 and 6, then paired them off. One side extend, the other parry 4. No riposte.
This week, we talked about the “building blocks” (skills) they have: Advance, Retreat, Lunge, Extend, 4 and 6. Then asked what they can do with it. A bunch of expected puzzled looks, which isn’t bad.
Lined them up and we started some footwork. The dance-space is
I've been thinking a lot about what I get out of fencing. I currently don't have the time to compete or to train as much as I would like. I have been shifting my goals to be more processed focused, with mastery (however unattainable and for that matter nebulous) as a the long term goal. Each week I'll find an area I need to improve and then work specifically on developing the skills I need to achieve this. This, I hope, will make my training more productive and more fun. It is not that my training
This got a surprising number of comments on my facebook page. I thought I would share it here, as well. Every bout you fence tells a story about who you are. The score is part of that narrative, but so is how you deal with victory and defeat, bad calls, and unpleasant opponents. You are the principal author of that story.
What stories are YOU telling?
It was a crazed week, and it's only Monday. I attended a local conference (Educon) over the weekend and today, though I taught only two classes and went to only two meetings, it was nonstop work from arriving at 7:30 to leaving at 5:20. So of course I really had to think about going to fencing, but I managed to get myself out of the house.
Working straight through the weekend is not good for my mood. I was grouchy. I felt better once I got to fencing. Mary also had something for
Monday nights class ended with an intro to epee and a few bouts. I liked it, but didn’t discover the epeeist within me who finally found an outlet. I’m of course keeping an open mind, and will do more of it, but so far, foil is still my weapon.
Wednesday’s lesson with Coach Jake was quite useful. I finally seem to have gotten the en garde weapon arm position correct. I love footwork under instruction. We worked on my extension, my feint and my lunge. Coach Jake told me to work on
Updated 01-30-2012 at 10:33 AM by jeremyb215