I teach two classes a week on Capoferro at the moment. In the future this will change to one on Capoferro/Fabris and one on Manciolino.
At the beginning of most classes, I look at who is in the class and their skill/knowledge level and then I teach, whatever I wanted to teach before I arrived at the class – changing only the level of technical precision and closeness to free play of the drills.
A conversation at GSG about running a regular trainings brought up the idea of a written syllabus to be handed to the new student at their first session. The document would have a list of concepts and techniques with check boxes for the student to: see their progress over time, give them milestones to aim for and show what they miss when they can’t make it to training.
I have just written such a thing for Capoferro, with ease – the book is short and well laid out, in order of most to least fundamental, and I am very familiar with it. Manciolino, I am not as familiar with, perhaps I will use someone else syllabus as a beginning point.
Capoferro draft syllabus:
strong/ weak of the sword
true edge / false edge
narrow measure/ wide measure / out of measure
inside / outside
high line / low line
line of engagement
sword in presence
riverso ( Squalembrato, tondo, montando)
mandritto ( Squalembrato, tondo)
falso (dritto, manco)
|Technique/Concept||Understand it||Technical execution||Tactical execution|
|Gaining the sword|||||||
|Attack by disengage|||||||
|Counterattack by gaining the blade|||||||
|True edge parry riposte|||||||
|False edge parry and cut|||||||
|Attack by cut|||||||
By technical execution I mean that the concept or action can be performed correctly in a training environment – tactical execution that the action can be performed in free play (I haven’t checked them all yet!).