- --- In RoyalGuildofDefense@yahoogroups.com, Cerridwen Coedwig
> I have the book too. "Making" the folks at our practice go through
> anything is not very likely.
> We have several people who have been around for a while. David
> was going through Capo Ferro plate by plate, but I don't think theNo, we did not finish the plate by plate walk through of CF. Mostly
> process was completed........
this was due to the horrendous run of bad weather that seemed as if
it was never going to end. But I have not pushed to continue the
sessions as I began to fully appreciate that the CF book is more a
set of drills than it is a tutorial. Drills are what you do to
reinforce, and commit to muscle memory, the precepts that you have
already learned at least intellectually. And while the CF drills can
be used as an adjunct to teaching the precepts, it is of limited
usefulness, and can even be counterproductive, to members of the
group who do not have a full grasp of the precepts the drills are
intended to refine.
Doing one plate a week as a goal is not, in my opinion, useful to
those who are trying to learn to fence (though It may be useful to
those who already have a good grounding in another system and want to
gain an over view of CF).
For those who are not already well grounded in the basic concepts of
fencing, I believe, the instructor needs to spend as much time on the
basic moves and concepts as are required rather than attempting to
finish CF in any given time frame or order. I would also add the
wisdom of learning even a small number of moves perfectly over
learning a book full of moves imperfectly.
So, I doubt I will ever again attempt to "go through" CF, or any
other manuscript, as a part of a practice.
I do think that it is possible to teach CF as a system, and this
presupposes extrapolating a lot from what the instructor already
knows of the basics of fencing, but I don't see "doing the plates" as
the way to do it.