[Ansteorra-rapier] New Student Inundation...

Chiara chiara at io.com
Thu Oct 25 19:54:07 PDT 2001

I am curious. How many scarves did drills before they were cadets?

My husband and I competed in collegiate fencing. We drilled everyday, 2
hours minimum. I kinda really looked forward to it but my husband (we were
not dating yet, we met after we both stopped competing) hated it. The
difference was our teachers. I had Vinnie, he had Moreua. Vinnie was very
adventurous, she would bring in old masters from everywhere for a weekend of
training and the school would pay for it. It was great. His did not.

The best drills we did were so grueling that the "B" rated fencers were more
sore than ever in their lives. All of them hated drills but these were just
so challenging they had to admit that they loved them.

I still have my notes if anyone is interested in these drills. I am more
than willing to pass them along since I will have to wait at least another
year before our 4 year old will be physically ready to do some of them. Our
6 year old has no interest in fencing, yet. :)

Franchesca Havas
McKinney, Texas

----- Original Message -----
From: "gtaylor" <gtaylor at lonestar.jpl.utsa.edu>
To: <ansteorra-rapier at ansteorra.org>
Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2001 5:20 PM
Subject: [Ansteorra-rapier] New Student Inundation...

> When you have lots of new students, one thing that you can do is switch to
> them more like modern fencing schools (and many other SCA folk, around the
> presently do.  In BJ, we traditionally just fight, and learn when
fighting.  When you
> are outnumbered, however, you can find drills for particular skills, pair
up your new
> folk, show them how to do the drill, and let them practice that drill with
> another, under your roving supervision.  This works with footwork, parry
and attack
> drills pretty well.  If you don't know drills, get a book on them...or bug
some of us
> who happen to have crashed modern fencing classes for the very purpose of
> drills and learning how to teach better...
> Isobel

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