Tips for Becoming a Better Swordsman – Keep a Diary

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Grauenwolf's Study of Western Martial Arts

One of the easiest ways to imped one’s progress as a fencer is to relearn the same lesson over and over again. As both students and teachers, you’ve all probably seen this scene play out numerous times.

Through careful instruction and attentive drilling for several hours, the whole class masters the principals of a technique. Even in free play the technique, as written or in spirit, is used successfully. The master proclaims success and moves onto other topics.

A month later a variant of the the technique is presented in the text. Seeing the corollary, the instructor begins by having the students review the earlier technique. And it’s a disaster. Most of them don’t remember the technique and the few that do can no longer perform it.

Why did this happen? Because the students didn’t practice it on their own.

Why didn’t they practice on their own? Because neither they…

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