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Classical Academy of Arms

A Society for Classical Fencing Instructor Training and Credentialling

Classical Fencing Instructor Skills

The following matrix (revised 28 December 2016) outlines the knowledges, skills, and abilities required for each instructional rank awarded by the Classical Academy of Arms.  Instructors of all ranks are expected to further develop their skills as they progress in rank.  Skills referenced in the table are skills in the Academy's Classical Fencing Skill Development Program for fencing students in each weapon.

 

Apprentice

Demonstrator

Instructor

Provost

Master

TEACHING SKILLS

 

 

 

 

 

Present self in a professional manner

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Maintain a safe teaching environment

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Demonstrate skills

Skills 1-3, as student

Skills 1-3

Skills 4-7

Skills 8

Skills 9

Arrange students in formation

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Provide concise instructions and explanations

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Choose appropriate drills

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Demonstrate drills

As student

As student

Yes

Yes

Yes

Conduct footwork drills

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Conduct bladework drills

As student

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Supervise bouting

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Follow a class lesson plan

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Identify objectives for a lesson

 

Short lesson

Yes

Yes

yes

Determine metrics for lesson success

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Plan a group lesson

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Teach a group lesson

 

Skills 1-3

Skills 4-6

Skills 7-8

Skills 9

Correct student individual performance

Skills 1-3

Skills 1-3

Skills 4-6

Skills 7-8

Skills 9

Teach individual corrective lesson

Skills 1-3

Skills 1-3

Skills 4-6

Skills 7-8

Skills 9

Correct group performance

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Use correct teaching position, presentation, and movement

Entry level

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Properly introduce the lesson

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Conduct an appropriate, fencing specific warm-up

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Teach an individual, command-based, technical lesson

 

Skills 1-3

Skills 4-6

Skills 7-8

Skills 9

Plan an individual lesson

 

Short lesson

Yes

Yes

Yes

Record changes to lesson plan

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Release control to students as appropriate

 

 

 

Yes

Yes

Teach an individual lesson with an action and its counter

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Teach an individual lesson with an action and options from that action

 

 

 

Yes

Yes

Teach a lesson with the opposite hand

 

 

 

Yes

Yes

Teach an individual silent lesson

 

 

 

 

Yes

Teach a tactical lesson

 

 

 

 

Yes

Teach an eyes-closed lesson

 

 

 

 

Yes

Conduct an appropriate, fencing specific cool-down

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Summarize the lesson

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Assess/document student performance in the lesson

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

INDIVIDUAL PROFICIIENCY

 

 

 

 

 

Officiate bouts

Judge

Judge

President

Bout Committee

Bout Committee

First weapon proficiency

Skills 1-3

Skills 1-3

Skills 4-6

Skills 7-8

Skills 9

Second weapon proficiency

 

 

 

Skills 1-8

Skills 9

Third weapon proficiency

 

 

 

 

Skills 1-9

Knowledge base

Rank 1-3

Rank 1-3

Rank 4-6

Rank 7-8

Rank 9

Research capabilities

 

 

 

Report

Thesis

SKILLS TESTING

 

 

 

 

 

Administer skills tests

Written Rank 1-3

Written all ranks

Practical Rank 1-3

Practical rank 4-6

Practical Rank 7-9

Administer instructor practical examinations

 

 

Apprentice,

Demonstrator

Instructor

Provost, Master

Provide effective feedback to improve candidate performance

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

TRAINING PROGRAM

 

 

 

 

 

Assess student progress over time

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Assess student bouting

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Plan an annual training program

 

 

 

 

Yes

Follow youth protection guidelines

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Follow coaching code of ethics

CAA

CAA

CAA

CAA

CAA

Maintain equipment

Daily

Daily

Basic armory

Basic armory

Basic armory

Enforce safety standards

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes