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Wednesday, November 25, 2009, 01:32 PM Fencing Talk

Recently I attended a practice where somebody was trying to run a foot work drill.

Mel says "AWESOME"!

The drill was pretty shoddily run, but that happens.

Mel says "GOOD EFFORT"!

The drill finished without errors being corrected or even addressed. People stumbled and bumbled and tipped and tilted and it was not enforced to and how to do the motions correctly.

... Rant v9 activated ...
Mel says "WHAT THE F**K IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE"!

Question time with Mel!
"Why are drills valuable? Why do we do them?"

Correct answer: "We drill to reinforce the proper way to perform actions, through repetition, so that in practice the correct actions are more easily executed."

! IF YOU PRACTICE WRONG YOU WILL LEARN WRONG !

:: reaches for a paper bag :: hyperventilate :: breath ::

... Rant deactivated ...

OK so now that that is over with I encourage you all to take a moment when you're doing a drill. Ask yourself "Am I doing this right?" "Am I balanced?" "Is this a clean action?" Don't learn it wrong if you can possibly avoid it. Mel's Rules of fencing #10 is "Teach it right, and they will learn it right." because it is of absolute importance to the future quality of your fencing that you learn it right the "first" time. Otherwise you will have to "un-learn" and then "re-learn". If you have time to do it twice, you have time to do it right the first time.
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