Category: Implementation

  • Ice Climber Syndrome – When does one move dominate a game?

    I. Ice Climber Syndrome I am a follower and occasionally (terrible) player of the game Super Smash Brothers Melee, which is a very old game that still has an active competitive scene. As such, it has gone through a lot of changes over the years and many new strategies and exploits have been discovered. There…

  • Beginning to use Games

    So if you’ve been reading this blog for a while now, or participating in discussions about ecological coaching on venues like Facebook or Discord, you might be curious about how to incorporate some of these approaches into your own coaching. However, if you’re currently running a “traditional” class, you might also be hesitant to radically…

  • HEMA Ratings Part 1: Tiered Tournaments and Unrated Fencers

    I have worked on this article on and off over the past half year or so. I started it right after my club’s tournament Revolution Rumble, because I was fascinated by the variance of skill in the tier of almost all unrated fencers, and also how that shook out in terms of HEMA rating. This…

  • Attractor Stability in Game-Based Learning

    Imagine you’re teaching your club about ways to get to the other side of the opponent’s blade. You start with a simple constraint based exercise – one person extends, the other person takes the blade with a nice overbind out to one side, then the first person has to find a way to hit. Then…

  • When Games Go Wrong

    Games don’t always work the way you expect them to. That can be serendipitous, leading you and your students to new ideas, but it can also derail a carefully planned class. Here are a few ideas for why things might go wrong, and what you can do about them.

  • Guards Revisited

    Prologue: I wrote this with my conclusions, but I will write it here as well in case you don’t read that far: Please replicate this experiment. If you are in a position in your club where you can decide what activities your fencers do, please take some time to do this. It is fun, helpful…

  • Causing Attraction: Non-Dominant Foot Forward in Longsword Fencing

    In ecological dynamics, the term Attractor or Movement Attractor shows up every now and then. Attractors can be seen as preferred motor pattern solutions in the current activity context. When an action is seen as intuitive or habitual, it might be the attractor at work. Habit and intuition can be nebulous concepts however, so to…

  • How I Learned To Stop Trying And Finally Fixed Knee Collapse

    I spent a lot of time trying to fix people’s knee collapse. But the solution ended up being to stop trying to fix it, and just give them more realistic training activities.

  • CLA Class Example – Body Language and Deception

    This is a writeup of a class I ran recently which I think makes a good case study in using the Constraints Led Approach to teaching.

  • Cutting Tournament Design – Helsinki Longsword Open 2023

    Cutting Tournament Design – Helsinki Longsword Open 2023

    Design ideas behind the cutting tournament at HLO 2023.