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Classical Academy of Arms

A Society for Classical Fencing Instructor Training and Credentialling

Classical Fencing Instructor Competencies

The following competencies are the basis for the Classical Academy of Arms credentialing program.  They were developed by an analysis of eth knowledges, skills, and abilities (KSAs) identified in a wide variety of period texts along with a comparison of those KSAs with current best practices in coaching.

PROGRAM CONTEXT

1.1  Explain the roles and expectations of trainers.

1.2  Follow and teach the Classical Academy of Arms Code of Ethics.

1.3.  Explain and model concepts of good sportsmanship.

1.4.  Explain and model applicable standards of professionalism.

1.5.  Conduct a youth and athlete protection program, complying with standards and legal responsibilities.

1.6.  Identify opportunities for fencing for those with disabilities.

1.7.  Identify opportunities to increase diversity in fencing.

1.8.  ​Teach and model athlete centered training.

1.9.  Develop a training philosophy.

SAFETY

2.1.  Enforce safety standards in the salle.

2.2.  Maintain a safe teaching environment.

2.3.  Establish procedures for hazard identification and control.  

2.4.  Identify and control hazards specific to fencing that contribute to the possibility of injury.

2.5.  Manage a response to an emergency in the salle.

2.6.  Perform sports first aid.

2.7.  Manage fencer return to fencing after injury.

ARMORY PROCEDURES

3.1.  Demonstrate cleaning of weapons and uniforms.

3.2.  Assemble, maintain, repair, and adjust weapons.

FENCING THEORY

4.1.  Use fencing terminology consistent with the school and weapon being taught.

4.2.  Correctly classify fencing actions.

4.3.  Identify the characteristics and techniques of offense, defense, and counteroffense.

4.4.  Apply fencing measure.

4.5.  Explain priority in the awarding of touches.

4.6.  Execute fencing tactics as taught for the weapon by a School. 

4.7.  Demonstrate the physical characteristics of the foil, sabre, and epee.

4.8.  Explain the target and the fencing lines.

4.9.  Demonstrate tempo.

4.10.  Explain physiological and human performance factors in fencing.

GENERAL TEACHING DUTIES AND TASKS

5.1.  Present self in a professional manner.

5.2.  Teach the history of fencing.

5.3.  Teach, review, and explain the knowledge content of the Classical Academy of Arms Skill Development Program.

5.4.  Teach the techniques of a particular School.

5.5.  Present short lessons on relevant fencing topics.

5.6.  Employ a fencing catechism.

PLANNING TRAINING

6.1.  Apply the American Development Model to designing training.

6.2.  Identify lesson objectives.

6.3.  Identify metrics for lesson success.

6.4.  Plan group lessons.

6.5.  Plan individual lessons.

6.6.  Select skills to be taught in the lesson.

6.7.  Select appropriate warm-up drills.

6.8.  Select appropriate blade and footwork drills.

6.9.  Identify other instructional or training activities.

6.10.  Select appropriate cool-down activities.

6.11.  Identify and record changes to a lesson plan.

6.12.  Plan an annual training program.

6.13.  Plan for delivery by deliberate practice.

TEACH SPECIFIC TYPES OF LESSONS

7.1   Teach a group lesson.

7.2.  Teach an individual, command-based, technical lesson.

7.3.  Teach an individual, cued, technical lesson.

7.4.  Teach an individual lesson with an action and its counter.

7.5.  Teach an individual complex response lesson.

7.6.  Teach a lesson with the opposite hand.

7.7.  Teach an individual silent lesson.

7.8.  Teach a tactical lesson.

7.9.  Teach an eyes-closed lesson.

7.10.  Teach a seated lesson.

PERFORM TECHNICAL TEACHING TASKS

8.1.  Follow a class lesson plan.

8.2.  Use correct teaching position, presentation, and movement.

8.3.  Teach the purpose and execution of the salute.

8.4.  Lead appropriate warm-up for group lessons

8.5.  Choose appropriate drills.

8.6.  Properly introduce the lesson.

8.7.  Provide concise instructions and explanations.

8.8.  Arrange students in formation.

8.9.  Conduct an appropriate, fencing specific warm-up for an individual lesson.

8.10.  Demonstrate specific fencing skills in a lesson context.

8.11.  Demonstrate drills in the role of a student.

8.12.  Demonstrate drills in the role of a trainer.

8.13.  Plan sequences of drills.

8.14.  Develop instructional strategy for drill use.

8.15.  Conduct footwork drills.

8.16.  Conduct bladework drills.

8.17.  Employ blocked, sequential, varied, random. continuity, or complex response drills with the same or opposite hand appropriately.

8.18.  Conduct continuity drills.

8.19.  Conduct blind drills.

8.20.  Appropriately cue student actions.

8.21.  Release control to students as appropriate.

8.22.  Conduct an appropriate, fencing specific cool-down.

8.23.  Summarize the lesson.

8.24.  Supervise student bouting.

8.25.  Teach the purpose and method of acknowledging touches.

8.26.  Conduct drills with the opposite hand.

8.27.  Employ synoptic tables to develop sequences of actions.

CORRECT STUDENT PERFORMANCE

9.1.  Correct student individual performance.

9.2.  Teach individual corrective lesson.

9.3.  Correct group performance.

TEACH OPPONENT ASSESSMENT

10.1  Teach students to recognize techniques and tactics applied against them.

10.2.  Teach students to identify invitations and feints.   

10.3.  Teach students tactical assessment of the opponent.

10.4.  Gather and analyze data on opponent performance.

TEACH TACTICS AND STRATEGY

11.1.  Teach students the progression of technique, tactics, and strategy.

11.2.  Use games to teach tactical applications.

11.3.  Teach selection of tactics.

11.4.  Teach students the process of bout planning.

11.5.  Teach students how to adjust tactics based on conditions and opponent's actions.

11.6.  Teach the selection of strategic goals and courses of actions to meet those goals

11.7.  Teach the selection of tactics for team competition.

11.8.  Teach the selection of tactics for three weapon competition.

ASSESSMENT OF PERFORMANCE

12.1.  Assess and document student performance.

12.2.  Provide feedback to improve student performance.

12.3.  Assess student performance in bouting.

12.4.  Assess student progress over time.

OFFICIATING

13.1.  Serve as a member of the Jury.

13.2.  Serve as President of the Jury.

13.3.  Serve as a member of the Bout Committee.

ADMINISTER PRACTICAL AND WRITTEN EXAMINATIONS

14.1.  Administer CAA Skill Development Program tests.

14.2.  Administer Trainer practical exminations.

14.3.  Administer Trainer oral examinations.

14.4.  Provide effective feedback to improve candidate performance. 

CONTINUING EDUCATION

15.1.  Teach continuing professional education in the Salle. 

CONDUCT RESEARCH IN CLASSICAL FENCING HISTORY AND PRACTICE

16.1.  Identify a research question.

16.2.  Identify and review existing literature.

16.3.  Conduct research using an accepted research method.

16.4.  Report research in an appropriate format.

Updated 28 June 2019