admin wrote:Gav wrote:In terms of coaching you should think in terms of putting your pupil into a controlled bout situation and build their repertoire from there - how you do this.. well that's a long long subject.
I think you are right and I have been moving my teaching methods closer and closer to sport fencing drills for a while now. On the other side of the coin, the way that most clubs teach HEMA is somewhat similar to how martial arts are taught in Japanese dojos, ie. starting with set techniques, repeated a lot. That does seem to be how a lot of the historical masters may have taught, given what evidence is available in the treatises.
Time out for a second.
I am going to recommend something.
Get hold of a book called Fencing:The Modern International Style by Istvan Lukovich
http://www.amazon.com/Fencing-Modern-In ... 0965946819
It's getting on a bit now - and I found it a tough read because of the quality of translation - but it is a good foundational text book. It's aimed at coaches and is supposed to enumerate Lukovich's training method. You'll probably find it interesting because he discusses the old method and contrasts it with the "new". he explains what your aims as a coach should be and the state you want to put your pupil in. It's thought provoking stuff.
I'm not proposing you adopt the modern fencing style but I am proposing you adopt a modern teaching method and reduce the kata element of your work. I realise this statement may be unpopular.
In short; yes this is how the old masters taught. It was the received wisdom but we have learned that there are alternatives.
++ Removed Italian example to avoid confusion. ++
You're probably not interested in the actual fencing stuff but look at how he proposes you teach something this complex.