EK Rapier Regional & Academy Recap

J.M. Aucoin . Fencing, SCA 1384 No Comments

This weekend was the East Kingdom Rapier Regional Practice & Academy event.

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Getting ready to teach

I had the pleasure of teaching at the event. My class was Drills to Improve Your Blade Opposition. The end goal was for folks to learn a drill or two to — as the class name suggests — improve their blade opposition game. It was my first time teaching Capo Ferro techniques to a large group. Usually I’m just working with just a few people in my own area. I had a larger attendance rate than I anticipated, which was great, but it also made personal one-on-one training and tweaking rather difficult. I feel like one-on-one is almost a necessity when teaching something brand new to fairly new fencers.

I quickly gave them a crash course in the four major Italian guards and then quickly went over how to find and gain an opponent’s blade — both things I would’ve liked to have spent more time on because if you do those wrong the drills fall apart. But folks seemed to get a lot out of the session anyways, and left with one drill they can now implement at their own practices.

Also I had one fencer come up to me in the afternoon tourney saying they used a move from my class and it worked in their bout. We high-5’d. If that’s not the coolest thing someone can be told from a teaching perspective, than I don’t know what is.

Now that I have one larger group class teaching under my belt I have some ideas on how I can improve upon the class, including breaking up the sessions into a beginner 101 and an intermediate 201 class, and  have one or two TAs who also know the drill and can give feedback to students. But overall, I think it went well.

I also left the event with two awesome period fencing manuals — a Fabris translation and a two-volume overview of a bunch of different fencing masters from the Middle Ages through the 18th Century.

I have an awesome god-donna. New fencing manuals to enjoy and learn from. #fencing

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I’m going to eat up that small sword section so fast…

J.M. Aucoin

Author. Fencer. Sometimes actor. Full-time nerd. I write swashbucklers & historical adventure novels.

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