bigdummy wrote:It's amazing what pretty castles can be built out of sea froth.
bigdummy wrote:Hold off guys. Quit taunting the man. I have just found some video of him, and you can see clearly he is a very, very dangerous person. I suggest we all be more polite in the future if we value our skin. Please forgive me Dean for all my insults.
I am not worthy.
Your acting like a adolescent here.
While I don't agree with Dean on many of his points I don't feel the need to act like a jerk.... just to walk away and come back later to reply.
Just like I told Dean, cool your jets, Man. Let's do this civilly and with panache.
Free Play should allow the student to use all "the tools" they have been taught to date... not as A-B, B-C but allow them to learn how to apply the different techniques in more free flowing ways... A-T, T-B, etc.
All sword systems have multiple choices where to proceed from the first contact of blades (or the first movement of the sword in play). Freeplay allows the student the chance to become more comfortable with the "chaos" that can happen when somebody is trying to strike you with a sword with intent and they apply "the tools" in a different way than drills flowed.
Freeplay can help a student lean how to read measure better. Even though a good instructor should work measure drills into training, students sometime need the pain of being struck a few times to truly understand the importance of reading measure.
A point you keep bring up is "freeplay is not the test of a system".
Yes... you're right.
"Proofing" your system is the test your keep referring to.
I'm 51, have permanent damage done to my body from a number of sport injuries that includes the worst one of all, being struck by a speeding car while bicycling 12 years ago. I was unable to walk for 4 months, had to undergo surgery, had to use a cane to walk with for over 2 years ( and sometimes still need it on a bad day) I weight 45 pounds more than I did the day I was run over, yet I still hit the gym, train, study, & teach swordplay... and freeplay. I am a shell of my former self but that doesn't mean I still can't defend myself... I can.
How does this "factoid" prove your repeated point? If I freeplayed with anybody & everybody on this thread with either my Longsword or backsword, using the systems I teach & know, then everybody here from BD, Corpsie, & Anders kicked my ass... it doesn't mean my two systems aren't sound, it just proves that I'm no longer a viable swordsman.
I get it... but the while you keep tossing that chestnut out for someone to bite, the real issue here is:
Is Freeplay a useful tool in training a swordsman?
The answer is: Yes. When done within a program and with guidance.
and I wish you all a Very Happy New Year!