Stevie T wrote:Might there be a problem with them trying to separate the 'fencing' and the other aspects of our arts, particularly the wrestling side of things?
I can see it starting with the unarmed stuff, but then trying to prevent grappling with the sword etc.
The Salmon Lord wrote:Beyond that it gets difficult as my experience of sports fencing instructors is they dont "get" the difference between their sport and my martial art.
Phil C wrote:The one advantage I see is access to a vast body of teaching experience and pedagogy.
Phil C wrote:However these are very minor things when compared with the disadvantages of coming under Olympic Fencing's umbrella.
The Salmon Lord wrote:I have to say applying better constructed teaching processes to Historical Swordsmanship is a good idea. Any help i can get for that is greatly appreciated. Seeing Simon McGrory teach certainly has opened my eyes to the benefits of learning from a well funded sport.
admin wrote:They could do whatever they liked with their own practice and teaching, but they do not have the ability to change what WE do. So what do WE stand to lose? Or gain?
Dave B wrote:It's worth noting that the BAF, British Academy of fencing (which regulates the teaching of modern fencing in the UK and represents coaches) and the BFA, the Britich Fencing Association, (which regulates modern fencing competition and represents competitive fencers) are quite seperate organisations. They have quite different objectives too. I can't really see any great benefit in HEMA clubs getting involved with the BFA, as thier focus is too different. I can see some point in HEMA coaches getting involved with the BAF though, and I suspect that the BAF would not feel the need to 'take over' in order to have some closer links.
Dave B wrote:BAF, British Academy of fencing (which regulates the teaching of modern fencing in the UK and represents coaches) and the BFA, the Britich Fencing Association, (which regulates modern fencing competition and represents competitive fencers) are quite seperate organisations.
Dave B wrote:That said I don't think that HEMA has to let the BAF take control in order to have those benefits. My fencing coach's partner is the president to the BAF at the moment, and mentioned the he had been dealing with Guy Windsor (School of European Swordsmanship, Helsinki). Apparently Guy has been in the UK doing his BFA coaching exams, and senior UK coaches have been over in finland doing 'coach development training' with historical fencers.
Michael Chidester wrote:Meh, just as easily those with the certificate could themselves become stigmatized as sellouts and not "pure HEMA".
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