Tag: teaching games for understanding

  • The Direct Attack Drill is Special: Self-Scaling Games

    The direct attack drill is a drill that I was first introduced to by Adrien Pommellet, who learned it from a Giovanni Rapisardi video. I later read about it in the book Make the Cut by John Chow, in reference to modern Sabre fencing. Over the last couple of years, we have used this game…

  • Buy-in: Implicit Rules in Games and Drills

    The idea of “buy-in” is something that I think a lot about when designing drills and games, so in this article I’d like to give a clear definition and breakdown of what I mean when I talk about buy-in. I don’t want to create a definition that everyone has to use, but this will be…

  • Fencer vs Fighter: A Case Study on How Adding More Options Can Make You Worse

    This is an interesting case that has come to light over the past several months for me, which involves two games: Soviet Foil Drill (SFD), and Fencer vs Fighter (FvF).  SFD: One side has a sword and the other doesn’t, sword side tries to land a hit to the head, if they hit they win,…