Re: [RoyalGuildofDefense] Re: a reminder
- I second that....I think what you are working on Simon is great....I would like to encourage everyone to participate in person ,but for those of us who can not be there.posting said notes to the guild list would be much appreciated.Viola
Brigit <brigitgoddess1@...> wrote:
Alas--due to a shortage of coinage--I won't be able to make it to
Rainy Days--but I'd love to have any notes you all generate.
--- In RoyalGuildofDefense@yahoogroups.com, "Ximon el Martillo de
Cordoba" <xochimil@y...> wrote:
> here is the letter I placed in the files section, I intend to have
> the first gathering at the rainy days tourney.
> dean of Curriculum
> To: the members of the Royal Guild of Defense,
> The Marshallate of the Kingdom of the West,
> Other concerned persons receiving this letter,
> I send warm and cordial greetings to you all!
> As Dean of curriculum for the guild, I am responsible for creating
> and organizing instruction for its members and to offer it to the
> Rapier community at large in the West kingdom. Put simply, I'm the
> guy who organizes stuff for people to learn in the guild. As the New
> Year begins, the first project to start with will be resolving what I
> feel to be a soon to be urgent situation. I would like the guild, in
> conjunction with the Marshallate to meet and have a roundtable
> discussion dealing with the subject of "Teaching the teacher". During
> the past year, I've had various conversations with people and have
> found that a good deal of us as Rapier fighters in the kingdom are at
> the same general skill level of fighting, but way too few of us have
> a good working skill of the art of TEACHING rapier to someone new and
> interested in learning how to fight rapier.
> Taking a student or mentoring a new rapier fighter is rather awkward
> for most of us and I feel we MUST address this shortcoming if we are
> to bring in and cultivate more rapier fighters in the Kingdom.
> Successful teachers will eventually expose more people to get curious
> about learning historical techniques we are researching and
> practicing. In short, The Guild needs to start helping to create not
> just fighters, but instructors, teachers and/or mentors. These people
> are sorely needed in our community. As for Leaders, we do have them
> but we really need more working leaders in our ranks. I will be
> frank; the guild has a lot of work ahead to accomplish this goal of
> correcting this issue and many more goals in the future.
> I have faith that this can be resolved within due time and that the
> method to obtaining what we need to accomplish the goal to be simple,
> organized, non cumbersome and effective. This starts with the sharing
> of ideas, thoughts and perspectives between those who want to teach,
> those who are finding that they need to teach with more confidence
> and from people who do teach and want to hear what they have to say.
> This is the main purpose of the roundtable.
> To be clear, I am not concerned with developing what an instructor
> will teach the person. I am concerned with methods we can develop on
> HOW the instructor can teach more effectively, foster enthusiasm and
> nurture the student's thirst for more skill and knowledge in rapier
> fighting. We want them to want to come out to play as much as they
> So, with permission from the organizers of each of the following
> events, I intend to have a friendly roundtable gathering to collect
> perspectives from interested people. They are intended to be at the
> following events:
> Rain days tourney, January 21st, 2006
> War Collegium February 4th, 2006
> Golden Rivers Championship, February 10th, 2006
> At these events, it's my intention to moderate the "roundtable" and
> gather a collection of cohesive, agreed upon ideas so we can codify
> them into suggested helpful guidelines for
> instructors/teachers/mentors. These roundtables may take place after
> actual event workings and may be at an after event dinner/lunch
> gathering. I will let everyone know what is planned as soon as things
> are finalized.
> I also intend to schedule a short seminar at March Crown on "teaching
> the teacher" with the collected suggestions on a handout distributed
> to interested persons at the seminar. I will be asking for 2
> volunteers to run the class.
> Please feel free to email me your thoughts and your comments for
> consideration and collection. You can send it to me via Email to:
> (Please type in subject line)
> "Attn. Teach"
> Or have your thoughts written down and ready for any of the
> En Servicio,
> Simon, Dean of curriculum
> West kingdom Royal Guild of Defense
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