Re: New season gearing up!
- Greetings Lady GuildMistress (et al),
I have a couple comments/ questions regarding your post.
Teaching a Class:
According to the Historical Combat Techniques Rules(1) passed this
year, members of the SCA do not need to wait for the Society and
Kingdom rapier rules to teach something that is of interest. The key
to it is that, if people choose to use the HCT to instruct, it will
not be something that will be used for sparring, but training others
regarding any treaties, manual, or document within the SCA time frame.
The HCT rules is apart of A&S and not the marshalls. So, if you are
interested in teaching something historical (without free sparring)
talk to your local A&S officer.
I am of firm believe that this is something that we as a Guild can
help build here in the West.
As an authorizing marshal I wouldn't mind seeing people asked if they
would be interested in the Guild when they authorize. The caveat to
that would be to make sure that the person knows what the Guild is,
and that it is (now) not the only option available for participating
in rapier activities here in the West.
As a Guild member, I was wondering what we could offer to those who
are interested. I remember when I authorized in the East Kingdom, I
was offered a chance to be a member of the League of Rapier Academies
(LoRA)(2). Since I had been informed, I accepted my Scholar's black
cord. If memory serves me correctly, I believe that Atlantia also
offers membership into L'Academie D'Espee(3) to it's recently
authorized fencers. Once again, neither of those kingdoms required
people to join their Academies and Leagues.
In Service to the West,
--- In RoyalGuildofDefense@yahoogroups.com, Randy & Beth Berry
It is great to see the new season gearing up. Up here in the North
the snow is quickly melting as the sun is returning for more than 13
hrs and 44 minutes a day and gaining 5 or more minutes a day. Soon
we'll be able to read a newspaper at midnight.
With the new season, there are great opportunities to participate,
attend, sponsor and teach this activity we have fought so dearly for.
Some ideas to be thinking about as Guild Members:
1) Prizes! Do you think you are ready for your next level prize? Do
you have a student you are working with that is ready? Now is the
time to be talking, scheduling and advertising. Take a look at the
Charter and Bylaws that were updated last summer and check the
guidelines for that level. There is a document called "On the
Sponsoring of Prizes" that is a great place to start looking for
answers on how to set this up, located in the files section of this
yahoo group. Remember to touch base with our Dean of Students so we
can all plan for attending these.
2) Classes! Whether is be suggesting a class that can be taught on
something you are interested in, offering to teach something you know,
seeing if there is interest in bringing in a guest instructor from out
of the area, there are many ways to have more learning going on.
These can be everything from a 30 minute intro/howto, to a full day,
to a weekend symposium. I know there is a lot of emphasis right now
on the updated Society/Kingdom Rapier rules, the introduction of cut
and thrust and the youth rapier program. This is also a great time to
link those in with the historical emphasis that the Guild represents.
Get in touch with our Dean of Curriculum with ideas and thoughts.
3) Tourneys! Why not! Wouldn't be great to offer an hour or two
introduction to a basic historical style and then offer a tourney that
day or the next based on that style? It would be an opportunity for
folks to learn, practice and put into action something new they learned.
4) Authorizations! Yes, I know this is part of the marshallate, but
many of our marshallate are also in the Guild. When you authorize
someone, do you ask if they are also interested in participating in
the Guild? This was brought to my attention as a method that has
worked in other Kingdoms. I know that last year with the quandary of
thoughts on the Guild, we had talked about not pushing the Guild on
folks, but I think we are past that point. Fencing is gaining a
positive following and it would be a good thing to ask now. If there
is someone just moving into the Kingdom from another, ask if they are
also interested in the Guild. It is one more activity available for
fencers to work and train in their craft.
Above all things, remember, we do this for fun! Enjoy, Learn and be Safe.