This message to you all is long overdue.
First of all I would like to thank you all – whether you are a parent or student for your eagerness, persistence and consistency in participating in this noble sport. To date, I have truly enjoyed teaching and interacting with you all.
Secondly, I have attached a basic curriculum for you all have a look over and provide feedback. It is essentially a beginners course in the discipline of sabre – Sabre basics if you will. Upon the student successfully completing the program and grading then they will qualify as a Sabreur at Arms. The aim here is to introduce a system whereby Students have something to aim for and can count as an achievement – which can sit alongside gaining points or places in a tournament. The skills that one can learn within this sport should be more than just medals around a neck – participation, a code of honor, teaching others and comradeship should also be a part of what we do and who we are in this sport so this qualification hopes to capture some of those values. Further to this, we hope to build on this by introducing a further qualification next season – for those with more experience. But more on that later.
As a number of you have now entered your second season in this sport you will notice that actually the learning blocks have largely been completed by a number of you but in an informal sense. Having a formal program allows us to check these skills against a learning standard so we can all improve – both student and teacher. The Squad/Group activities have also been largely completely – what is underdone at this point in time is the bouting component so for most of you this will be the emphasis this half of the winter season particularly learning the tempo and tactics of bouting with the electric system. Towards the end of the year we will have a competition and introduce a challenge ladder with handicaps using the electrical equipment.
Please let me know what you think of the program. Any and all queries/feedback/suggestions are most welcome!
See you at fencing!