Author: Richard Marsden

Troublesome Student -The Winner, the Solver, the Heretic

As a teacher, you prepare to show a student a technique from the treatise of your choice. You have art, text, and experience, you’re qualified, you know what you’re doing. Everything is set as you prepare to share your hard-earned wisdom. Besides! Said student came to learn from you- so that’s something! And yet, as you demonstrate the technique, slowly, the student decides to thwart it. – And now I have your arm behind your back, from here…. – I’d totally just grab your nuts or wriggle out of it like this. – That’s great. I suppose the only way...

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Presenting for Education

The Phoenix Society went to the Arizona Knife Collector Association’s big knife-show and we didn’t go to recruit. The demographic was mostly older men, including knife-makers and knife-collectors. There were few, if any, potential recruits at this event. So why go? Part of the Phoenix Society’s mission, and that of the HEMA Alliance, is to educate people about HEMA. All the myths, inaccuracies, and movies that HEMA-folk tend to rail against, can be handled through education. Furthermore, people have questions and they want to see and learn about HEMA. So long as you present it well, you’ll find that...

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Bored Students

The most knowledgeable of instructors can also be some of the least effective teachers. There are many reasons for this, but today’s article will focus on alleviating boredom in students. First, what is boredom? It is when a student is no longer actively engaged. What does actively engaged mean? It means a student is actively using one or more of their senses when taking in information from the lesson. Why does a student cease being actively engaged? Let’s look at the senses of Hearing, Sight and Touch, to answer that. Hearing One of the easiest ways for an instructor...

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Napoleonic Flame-War ‘Cut vs Thrust’

  During the late 18th and early 19th century the definition of a proper sword varied from nation to nation. Initially, nations sought to choose the ‘best’ sword for their light and heavy cavalry units so that on the battlefield they would be more effective. Tests and studies were done, data collected and proposals put forth. Somewhere along the line, however, the matter of the cutting sword or thrusting sword became more than one of facts and figures- it became one of national pride. HUZZAH! The gallant war-cry “huzzah” of the light cavalry and their colorful uniforms inspired the very definition...

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