CAA Pursues NCACE Accreditation

The Classical Academy of Arms, our affiliated center for classical fencing, has started the process of working toward accreditation as a coaching education body by the National Committee for Accreditation of Coaching Education.  The NCACE is the accreditation arm of the United States Center for Coaching Excellence, of which the Classical Academy …

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170129 Preparation

The term “preparation” has many meanings.  Yes, today you got up, cleaned up, had breakfast, put your clothes on, and came to open fencing.  The getting up, cleaning up, eating, etc. was all preparation.  Not what this post is about.  You warmed-up, a nice, quick 10 minutes of light work …

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170122 Building Compounds

The challenge any attacker faces is to create the conditions needed for the attack to succeed.  Simple attacks work if the opponent puts his blade in motion or if she lets you control the timing, distance, psychological factors, and initiative.  Otherwise you challenge is to either get the opponent to put …

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170101 Going In Circles

I have previously noted that there are a number of elements of different fencing actions that have common applications of the same mechanical process.  For example, disengages vertically, disengages laterally in the high line, disengages laterally in the low line, and redoubles all use the same basic U shaped movement …

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