Teaching free play and training more effectively


Interesting article, and another perspective.

Currently, I don’t fence my students much. When teaching 2,3 or 4 at a time I like to make sure that the students get as much chance to fence, during the time allocated to free play, as possible. This often means that I stand aside to observe, especially with even student numbers.

I am an aggressive fencer and some of the more timid opponents seem to be discouraged by this and don’t enter measure or attack when in measure. I try to give them the space to fence others of their level in the hope that they will learn how to be more aggressive. On the other hand, I use a 42″ blade and have long arms for my height (6′) forcing me to attack and then counter attacking can be a winning strategy.
Perhaps not sparring with me, does my students a…

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