Anders Linnard wrote:Well, what is really revealing is that they are opening instruction for teaching rapier and longsword. They are not opening a course in sport pedagogy in general, but these two activities specifically.
Is it possible to design a coaching programme for specific weapons without actually getting into the technicalities and fighting style of said weapon? I highly doubt that. Having had a look at UFSCA:s other programmes, I can't say I get the feeling that they're separating between teaching methodology and the technical, tactical and biomechanical understanding of the designated weapon. In fact, it looks like it's quite the other way around - any teaching certification tied to a specific weapon is intimately linked with knowledge about that weapon and the fighting style connected to it. Otherwise, what’s the point of weapon specific certification?
A couple of questions then:
Can this even be done without also spilling over in a technical canon for longsword (for example)? If not, who would be the chosen ONE to provide such an abomination (seeing as how we don’t exactly have a history of consensus, or agreement on the current state of our understanding of the arts we practice)?
Will this certification, or others like it, be IT in the future (as in: you have this certification or you are by default unqualified to teach longsword)? I generally don’t like it when people try to take the right of defining what I do away from me, especially on such shaky grounds. And that’s what this feels like to me.
Speaking from a Swedish view point (unofficial world champs at bureaucracy and all-around suckers for benign authority), I think we should hang on a bit before getting all certified and regulated. I think there’s a bit of growing up to be done first, for example an evolution of the national federations.
So, YES to an exchange of knowledge with the sport fencing communities in the world (as well as with other sports or martial arts communities) and NO to weapon specific certification at this point. If a more general certification, such as sport pedagogy, is viable, I see no problems.