Drills and exercises are probably the best way to train. Coming up with a good one takes effort, though, and each drill teaches something a little differently. I would like to use this thread to collect drills and exercises that you and your clubs use for training. I'm primarily interested in the "good ones," emphasizing quality and consistent results.
For the purposes of this thread and related discussion…
…an Exercise can be done by one person. These are often called "Solo Drills."
…a Drill requires two or more people
…a Game is a form of Drill that has an unscripted winner. Sometimes the line between a Drill that is and a Drill that isn't a game is a little sketchy. That's okay…these are working definitions.
…the Agent is the first person to act in a Drill (often called the "Attacker"…but not always)
…the Patient is the person in the Drill who is reacting to the Agent's first move (note that, depending on the drill, either the Agent or the Patient could "come out on top" at the end of it)
…a Spotter is a person who is not directly participating in the Exercise or Drill, but who observes and corrects the person(s) involved in the Exercise, Drill, or Game. The Spotter is often--but not necessarily--an Instructor.
…a Prop is any tool piece of equipment necessary for the Drill or Exercise other than the weapon itself or standard protective kit (e.g. mask, gloves, whatever).
For the purposes of this thread and all related discussion in other threads on this forum, I propose we use the following format and conventions:
- Drill Number - Just put this in order, picking up where the last poster left off. If you put three drills in your post, numbered 0001-3, then the next poster will start at 0004, and so on. Don't distinguish between Drill types (Exercises and Games or whatever) here. Use this number to refer to a given drill in follow-on discussions in this or other threads. For those of you who like databases, this is the Primary Key.
- Drill Name - What do you call this Drill?
- Type - Exercise, Drill, or Game
- Skill Trained - This is the "why" of the drill. In other words, why do this? What will it accomplish?
- Props - What equipment or other similar considerations are necessary for the Drill?
- Description - Describe here what the Agent, Patient, Spotter (if any), or other people actually do. Feel free to use crazy HEMA words here, like Abrazare and Pflug. We'll figure it out. Diagrams and videos are a big plus.
- Remarks - Put anything like "Thanks to Matt Galas, from whom I stole this Drill" or "Don't do this in a public place, you'll get arrested," or whatever here.
To help make this easier, cut and paste the following into the body of your post:
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[*][b]Drill Number[/b] -
[*][b]Drill Name[/b] -
[*][b]Skill Trained[/b] -
* Please take any discussion of a given drill into a new thread, quoting or cutting-and-pasting the drill into that new thread for discussion. The idea is to have a list of drills "for prosperity."
Acting President, Governing Council