Lesson II

Welcome your students. Again it is beneficial to encourage them to get to know each other. Have them draw all of their equipment. Allot time for this! Encourage them to arrive early and locate what they need. An issue to consider is whether or not you would prefer to warm up dressed. To save time I have my students dress before class in all but the hottest weather.
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On the floor, go through your warmups. I use the same pattern, both for simplicty and consistency. (I instruct late arrivers to get dressed first. To have the class wait while they dress after warmups slows the class considerably.)
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Go through last week's foot work and then add double advance, double retreat, and advance lunge. Stress the change of tempo!
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Review holding the weapon. Introduce the concept of the direct attack. Have the students lunge against the wall, from extension, lunge and advance lunge distances. Emphasize good recovery to a proper guard position.
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With the students dressed, I will have one line (A) extend, the other line (B) keep their weapons down and have line (B) advance until they impale themselves on their opponent's point. The lines will then switch roles. Afterwards, I ask for comments about what they thought and felt. It is amazing the number of people who move the weapon rather than hit the appproaching person. I use this to highlite two important aspects of fencing. First, that the idea of the game is to HIT the opponent in the legitimate target area. (I always congratulate the human aspect of this decision while stress the fencing aspect). The second is to introduce the idea of right of way - that an extended point is lethal. I will also mention the core concept of fencing - to hit, and not be hit. I will then have the students face each other and practice lunges (and the psychogical breakthru of striking another human being with a piece of steel!) from different distances. If there are an even number of students, I will circulate and comment; with an odd number, I'll join the line and work with each student as the lines rotate.
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Have the students warmdown and send them home for this session.
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