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8th-Jun-2010 08:23 am
I think that being my own primary fencing instructor for so long has stilted my ability to teach others. I might even be a bad teacher.  ::sigh::
8th-Jun-2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
well at least there is 1 area where we have hope of being better than you at fencing :-P
8th-Jun-2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
Especially since I can't teach any of the other areas.

I think I've figured it out. I could teach people to be me, but if someone doesn't want to fence like me...I'm clueless. Good thing I don't actually have any students.
8th-Jun-2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
I've had a lot of talks lately with people about teaching fencing. Its kind of odd when different circles all collide to the same conversation. What has made you come to this conclusion? What were you trying to teach?
8th-Jun-2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
oops that was me
8th-Jun-2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
Because my teaching of myself has been connected with discovery. In other words I will see that "this works", then I figure out why and how I personally can make it work again and when it should be used.

While the physics and principles of fencing stay the same, the how-why-when aspects are personal. They are connected to my own mentality, recognizance and physical ability, which vary person to person.

So my "how" for whatever technique might be the same as someone else's but the "why" and "when" might be - and frequently are - COMPLETELY different. This is because they have a different mentality, they perceive the fight differently and they have different physical ability.
8th-Jun-2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
I think that you have helped me understand things that I wasn't getting in the past. I don't think you are a bad instructor.
10th-Jun-2010 01:54 am (UTC)
It's not that you're a bad teacher. Just like a student needs to understand how they learn best, you need to get a handle on how you teach best. Are you good at showing someone how to do something? What about analyzing their fighting and looking for holes? Can you teach someone what works against other specific fighters? How to analyze a fight?
10th-Jun-2010 02:48 am (UTC)
Well that's the thing, I know how to teach myself, I'm good at that. I run in to problems when others aren't me.

Showing someone how to do something is easy, if it's a simple move. But any move is best when you have made it personal. I can show them how I would use it.

I could totally teach someone how to analyze another fighter and look for weaknesses. However nobody has asked me to do that, and I get weird looks when I offer that kind of info.

But when I try to teach someone what works against other fighters, I again run in to the "well I can't do it like that, I'm not Dominyk" mentality.

Of course all of this is existential since I don't really have anybody to teach on a regular basis. I feel like I could offer a great deal as far as teaching goes, if someone was interested in how I do and think about things. But claiming to be a god of knowledge would be silly.
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