I am now completely confident on what I am going to teach and how I will run class next month.
At some fascinating point in my personal history I became the kind of person who likes to plan everything out and make lots of notes before attempting anything different. I’m fairly certain that didn’t used to be the case. In fact, I think it was quite the reverse a few years ago. I have no idea at which point I started to become like my mother, but I guess it was inevitable. For that matter, I have no idea when I started to enjoy physical exercise, since in high school I skipped nearly every gym class. Weird…
Anyhow, here is my basic plan;
First of all I am going to alternate high intensity training with technical, strength building exercises during the workout portion. I haven’t decided whether I will alternate weekly, bi-weekly or monthly yet, but I will ponder on that over the next few days. Both approaches will be challenging, one in a go-go-go sweat a lot and fall down way and the other in a ‘oh god, how much longer to I have to hold this l-sit?’ way. I think the latter is something we have been often neglecting during class.
As much as I enjoy the intense, fast-paced workouts, there are some intermediary steps in the gymnastic portion that we have been occasionally overlooking. I think it would be much more beneficial and rewarding to build up some of the skills a little slower so that our progress is more tangible. Otherwise it can sometimes seem like we are throwing ourselves against a brick wall by trying to perform positions we haven’t built up the strength for yet. Therefore, I will definitely be doing technical workouts at least once a month, if not twice.
As for the fast-paced approach, I designed a gymnastic circuit routine that I wanted to try out. However, after attempting it on my own I found that it was, well, nigh impossible. Two-thirds of the way through the circuit my arms literally gave out and I found it very difficult to actually get up off the floor. So that idea has to be scaled back a bit, though the principle was sound and I think after some more training it could be possible.
I have also decided that, in order to maintain my own confidence, I will spend the first month or so concentrating on my own strengths in term of teaching. Boxing and Rapier will be the main focus for a little while, since those are two things I know I can do well, especially the fencing. I will still insert some time for wrestling practice, but I will refrain from trying to teach any specific techniques until I am sure that I know what I am talking about.(I have a bit of a problem with ground fighting, which is mostly mental. It will take a some time to get my confidence back in that area.)
I will also be leaving at least forty solid minutes for sparring and fighting at the end of every night. Fight’n is good.
Oh, and as a little reminder to all – Bow ties are cool. Here is Ian Fleming, Naval intelligence officer and author of the original James Bond novels. If anyone tries to claim that Ian Fleming was not cool then I think there may be fisticuffs.