Melee Training -- Rapier War College & Spring Tune-up
- Greetings Everyone,
I first want to thank the MiC's of Rapier War College
and Spring Tune-up for their plans to continue the
project THL Gareth Campbell started last year, and
that is to better train Ealdomere Fighters in the
skills of Melee combat. As Dalin Caulder mentioned,
we have a few events coming up of which Melees will be
a significant part. Training for those that enjoy
Melee's, in preparation for those Events, is a good
thing especially since most groups don't have enough
people to really practice Melees.
This training will help in a couple of important
1) Expanding our Kingdom's knowledge in Rapier Combat.
As Don Robert said, Ealdormere doesn't do that well
in Rapier Melee and there are Ealdoremerians who want
to improve our standing out of Kingdom in this area.
I'm glad to see them working to improve their
knowledge and the kingdom's in general.
2) Improve the safety of combatants on the Melee field
within our Kingdom. Over the past few years I and
other Marshals have heard of several reports of "hard
hits" and "heavy calibration" with unspecified
instances. While we all try to watch our calibration
on the field, not many of us have had much training on
what to do and how to do it when faced with the chaos
of a Melee List. It's like going back to your first
bouts on the tournament list after being Authorized.
You know the basics, but it's not a familiar
experience. As you get more experience, you become
calmer and more effective on the tournament list.
Same can be said with the Melee field. For those that
like Melees, I do suggest attending either Rapier War
College and/or Spring Tune up to get this training.
I personally like a mix of single and melee combat.
Not trying to sit on the fence here, it's true --
there are days where I want to focus on my own skills,
but there are also days where I just want to go have
fun and "die gloriously" in mock battle (I have to
work on the glorious part... but it's fun!). So, the
key thing to remember when planning tournament events
is to try to make the line-up of activities appeals to
as many people as possible. I think a lot of Events
do this well, given the themes of the Events. Rapier
War College and Spring Tune Up's courses are the
exception, but they are events which are trying to do
for Melee what events like Practicum and Silk Slippers
and Crossed Swords has done for Individual Combat -
enhance and highlight aspects of our game.
Mateo de Merida
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