Syllabus

FOUNDATIONS OF GROUP TEACHING FOR FENCING

USFCA 

NCDP COURSE

INSTRUCTORS 

Vinnie Bradford, Maître d’Arms

Mark Masters, Maître d’Arms

Dan Gorman, Prévôt d’Armes

2 CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS

Thursday, November 16th 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm CST

LOCATION

This is an online course. Registrants will be emailed a zoom link 15 minutes prior to the start of the class. 

ATTENDANCE

Attendance for the full class (start to finish) and completion of the formative assignment within 30 days of the course is required to ensure maximum progress and understanding of group teaching principles. Participants are expected to login on time, stay for the entire session, and submit their formative assessment in a timely manner (within 30 days of taking the course). 

COST

USFCA member $50

Non-member $75

HOW TO REGISTER

Register on the USFCA Website for clinic #125

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

Coach in training (CIT) must be able to access the internet to take this course. No fencing equipment needed to take this course. 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Each level of the NCDP certification pipeline requires ‘X’ hours of “General Knowledge Coursework”. This course fulfills two hours (of the four or more required) and can be applied to the General Knowledge Coursework requirements at all levels of certification. However, this course is particularly relevant at the Assistant Moniteur and Moniteur levels. It is designed to introduce the foundations of group teaching for fencing. The Coaches in Training (CITs) learn about the three parts to a group lesson (warm-up, main part, conclusion). They will learn the basics of a warm-up and how to utilize preparatory exercises, dynamic stretching, games, etc. in the warm-up and to relate a portion of the warm-up to the main lesson. CITs will be introduced to the EDGCC concept (explain, demonstrate, guide, correct, critique and will learn how to develop a learning progression by utilizing  EDGCC together with preparatory exercises and technical and tactical paired drills. CITs will also learn different ways to conduct the conclusion of a group class and they will be required to submit a complete lesson plan as the formative assessment.

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES

Coach in Training will:

  1. Be able to utilize the EDGCC concept when teaching a group lesson
  2. Be able to recognize Preparatory, Technical, Exchange, Bouting, and Commitment/Analysis Drills *
  3. Be able to design a complete group lesson plan for a simple one tempo action 

COURSE OUTLINE

  1. EDGCC
    • How to utilize EDGCC for clear communication when teaching a fencing action (Explain, Demonstrate, Guide, Correct)
  2. Basics of the Group Lesson Plan
  • Three parts to the lesson
    • Warm-up (Introduction and review)
    • Main lesson (learn new or reinforce previously learned material)
    • Cool-down (conclusion, questions, clean-up
  1. Digging Deeper into the Group Warm-up
  • How to design a quick 10 minute group warm-up (include dynamic stretching) 
  • How to use Preparatory Drills to introduce fencing actions in the warm-up
  • Preparatory footwork and fingerwork drills
  • Using props (mirror, video, 3×5 card, small ball under elbow, etc.)
  • Playing games
  1. Types of Drills
  • Preparatory exercises –  individual work
  • Technical paired drills
  • Exchange paired drills
  • Bouting paired drills
  • Analysis-commitment paired drills

6. Creating a progression for one tempo foundational fencing actions using Technical and Exchange Drills

  • How to create a progression using technical drills
  • How to create a progression using exchange drills

7. Formative Assessment

  • Design a complete lesson plan for one of the topics listed below.
    • The lesson plan  includes the three parts (warm-up, main lesson, conclusion). 
    • The warm-up will contain some relationship to the main lesson.
    • The main lesson will include a learning progression for a simple one tempo action using technical and exchange drills.
  • Select from the list of topics below
  1. Simple Attack (direct or indirect)
  2. Parry riposte (any of the four supinated parries and with a simple riposte)
  3. Simple counter-attack, Epee only (direct or indirect) 

SUGGESTED READING MATERIALS 

  1. Fencing and the Master by Laszlo Szabo
  2. Understanding Fencing by Zbigniew Czajkowski 
  3. Taking Foil Groups to the Competitive Level by Vinnie Bradford and Darrell Williams

STATEMENT OF INCLUSIVITY AND ACCESSIBILITY:

This workshop is committed to serving students from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. The diversity that the students bring to this workshop are viewed as a resource, strength and benefit. Materials and activities presented will be respectful of diversity: gender identity, sexuality, disability, age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, nationality, religion, and culture.