Since I've moved down to this end of the Kingdom, I have found a thirst for
teaching period Rapier techniques. I am currently teaching, as of last
night, at four different canton fencing practices and have had requests
from two others. I can't say I mind the attention or the amount of
practice and teaching I'm getting in, but, there are only so many places I
can be in a week. In order to remedy this, I'm starting an on-line
distance learning seminar.
The seminar is on Facebook and is called Capo Fero 101. The course focuses
on Capo Fero's 1610 fencing manual. It is meant to explore, in detail,
Capo Fero's system of fencing and to introduce students to fencing theory
and the methodological skills required to approach period manuals. This
knowledge will not only permit the written and verbal exchange and
discussion of ideas, it will also permit a sufficient level of knowledge to
permit exploration of more advanced concepts when members of the seminar
meet in person.
The course requires a weekly commitment to read five or pages and share
comments on that reading each week. There is also an obligation on the
part of the students to spend at least some time discussing Capo Fero if
and when they meet and person at events and practices, and ideally teaching
and discussing things with practical hands on discourse.
I invite anyone who is interested in practicing period fencing techniques
to participate to contact me off list. Given the seminar nature of the
course it is useful for both beginner and experienced fencers alike. The
intention here is not to come up with the one true interpretation of Capo
Fero, but to provide wide number of points of view with which to explore,
challenge, and strength interpretations of Capo Fero's system of the fence.
I apologize for this being limited to Facebook, it was the option chosen by
the group of people who have shown the interested in me developing this
idea. However, if this seminar proves successful, it will be re-run in a
more generally accessable format.
The course syllabus has been posted this morning, and the first comments
are due April 1st. So if you are interested contact me.
Aaron Miedema, B.F.A., B.A., M.A.
Author of *Bayonets and Blobsticks, The Canadian Experience of Close Combat
1915-1918*, available from Legacy Books Press.
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