Paul B wrote:So I got to thinking - is there a structure that will allow us to go through the manual play by play and get the basics in and have some sparring and not leave people behind if they dont come every week?
T'is a knotty issue which motivated me to experiment with numerous solutions.
Ultimately I found the most satisfying method to administer on the hoof in class was to come up with a repertoire of drills that could incorporate all of this depending upon the skill of the practitioners - then the whole class would essentially be doing the 'same thing'.
So, beginners would be exercising the basic drill.
Intermediates would be exercising this drill with variations in distance.
More advanced may be doing the same drill but with alternate options.
Ever more skilled would be doing the basic drill but with steel.
Those in need of excitement would be cooperating much less and doing the basic drill but with unexpected and 'sparrish' repertoire to befuddle their partner.
You get the idea.
Basically, formulate an escalation to bridge between drilling and sparring, and incorporate little bits depending upon the partner matchings.
Then I would have a class full of people who are all challenged and excited but are all esentially doing the same drill - but without either catering to the lowest common denominator, or boring the more advanced once every few weeks.
So, present the basic drill, then whilst folk are executing it sidling up to pairs and saying 'hey, great you guys. now perhaps you could add in a little of this..'.