What is the Practice Rotation for Fencing?

In the Order of the Rose, we have a rotating practice schedule that enables us to learn many different skills, provides for plenty of time to practice those skills, and still leaves room to play. We cycle through a three week system consisting of Dueling, Melee, and Open weeks. This rotation schedule weaves into our culture the values of learning and fun!

Lesson Time

During Dueling and Melee Practices, the first hour (6-7pm) is reserved for lessons from the training manual. A single lesson for each rank will be taught during that time by the Officers and Swordsmen to help fencers learn and progress.

Members not in the Training Program can use this time in a self directed manner, or participate in workshops lead by the Captain or Master Swordsman.

Practice Time

The rest of practice will be used to participate in a wide range of trainings, activities, and scenarios, planned by Members and Officers. Fencers should focus on practicing the skills taught during the first hour during the rest of these practices.

Dueling Practice

Our Dueling Practices focus on the skill and training of fighters, as individuals, to face single opponents. Frequently, there are optional classes and group training to facilitate this. At other times we enable members to work one on one, or in small groups, to encourage exploratory learning and ownership of ones own fencing education.

Melee Practice

Melee Practices focus primarily on the skills needed to fight in a melee or group battle. We often train together as a group, then provide scenarios to practice what we have learned. At other times we simply play and allow fencers to learn and grow as they experience.

Open Practices

On Open Practices, no lessons from the Training Manual will be taught. Instead, the first hour is reserved for students to work one on one with mentors or officers on the skills they have recently learned or are hoping to refine. Masters and Apprentices can also use this time to work together.

Open Practices focus on resting from our formal training, and simply fencing with friends, while deepening our well of experience, and enjoying our sport. No official lessons will be taught on these days, though optional activities will be provided.