Archive for December 2012

Fencer Retention   56 comments

It’s nearing that time of year when, according to longstanding tradition, we make improbably lofty promises to finally rein in our degenerate ways and become the paragons of courtesy, fitness, temperance, and/or martial excellence we all know we could be. It’s likewise nearing that time when we recognize that another year of degeneracy never hurt […]

Posted December 30, 2012 by Ruairc in Teaching and Training

Question for the Audience: 180 Degrees   3 comments

In melee there’s this rule: Fighters may strike any opponent with any legal blow if they are within the 180 degree arc ofthe opponent’s front. A fighter who approaches an opponent from behind shall not deliver ablow until he is within that frontal arc. How do you teach that to new fighters?  Does your  kingdom […]

Posted December 20, 2012 by Wistric in Musings

The Individual in Melee   21 comments

So much of our melee training is based around what the unit does, how it moves, what commands cause the unit to do what.  At most, the individual’s training comes to, essentially, how to be a good little cog: “When the line runs right, be right on the ass of the guy in front of […]

Posted December 3, 2012 by Wistric in Musings