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    Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) has been with us for some time now and those sports that have embraced it have benefitted greatly. Fencing has been a little slow on the uptake! The evidence suggests that the learning in youngsters using this method can be accelerated by a factor of x10 compared with a traditional technique based approach.

    After a couple of years work up in Scotland, weve pretty much re-defined and refined the coaching process and Id like to share the learning with you. Below Ive tried to demonstrate the method and how it works in practice. Ive picked one weapon and one specific tactical situation to give an overview of how it's done.


    1. Games

    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bfq78CuF..._web_copy_link

    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bsa9bY_h..._web_copy_link

    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bk2FpbrF..._web_copy_link


    2. Constraints

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BiPa6aul..._web_copy_link

    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bhoy1hrF..._web_copy_link

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BiUxooCl..._web_copy_link

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BuG_nQhB..._web_copy_link


    3. Scenarios


    https://www.instagram.com/p/BpC7WlMB..._web_copy_link

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BocAfKzB..._web_copy_link

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BnWu316l..._web_copy_link


    4. Outcome

    European Championships

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80v0...9USRIXsfBQUzgL


    If youd like to know more, we're running a week long course for coaches 22nd-26th July in Perth, Scotland. The cost will be 200. Regardless of what system you are developing under, I think youll have a lot of fun and learn a lot. You probably wont get much instruction on how to do a particular parry or attack, but you will be challenged and invited to explore new ways of looking at how to coach.

    You can contact me at prof.carson@yahoo.co.uk for more details.

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    This is brilliant we should have a lot more of these types of short videos clips cataloged / organised and permanently available to coaches and all students (fencers) and all weapons.

    I don't think we make nearly enough use of video technology or video teaching.

    I was listening to the recent podcast promo for the ADP programme.
    I was sat there listening to Jon Salfield (31 minutes in) talk about trying to create a British Fencing Sabre fencing style. All I could think about was why don't you simply create a decent set of short videos of what you think are the fencing techniques (and/or training techniques) any athlete or coach should be able to do and how to learn to do it and open it up to all as I listened to the whole podcast. And then Jon Salfield pretty much said it.

    My concern about lengthy podcasts or posts with videos is the valuable information is lost unless it is chopped up into small bits (text, video, podcast) and catalogued permanently in an organised manner. For example the podcast could be a permanent page on the BF website with the text of the programme questions and a small clip from the podcast with the answer.

    Awesome job Coach Carson

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    This is an awesome video that reflects well how the whole games/constraints approach works. Turn on auto-translate for the commentary.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBcig6o_uxA&t=9s

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    Quote Originally Posted by coach carson View Post
    This is an awesome video that reflects well how the whole games/constraints approach works. Turn on auto-translate for the commentary.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBcig6o_uxA&t=9s
    Look forward to watching this too. Incidentally, Antonio di Ciolo, the coach in the video does the occasional training camp in the UK. His sessions are very good indeed. Well worth attending or watching if you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akster View Post
    Look forward to watching this too. Incidentally, Antonio di Ciolo, the coach in the video does the occasional training camp in the UK. His sessions are very good indeed. Well worth attending or watching if you can.
    Apologies the video is actually Enrico di Ciolo. Pictured here at Whitgift in his distinctive coaching jacket. https://plymouthfencingclub.com/team...rico-di-ciolo/

    I am fairly certain he is coaching a camp in Plymouth this summer. The infectious smile and his ability to get his passion for fencing across is clear to anyone watching him coach.

    Aside: The video (which I have seen before) is a pretty clear demonstration between the difference of a promotion style video as opposed to teaching style package which is how I would describe the short clips post from Salle Ossian. If cataloged/organised (obviously a bit of effort) its a great permanent teaching resource. I think these days it's how kids learn/research things anyway.

    great job prof. carson and good luck with your course!

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