It was a great meal, prepared by his wife, Susun. ( She is one of the most fun and interesting people you will ever meet.)
Coach explained to me about " Learning Theory". I think I have some information on this in my notebook from Coaches College. I need to go back and find it. He elaborated on different types of coaching theory in different nations.( Example: 1.Learn technical skills, then bout. 2.Throw the student in to bouting and let them get a feel for it, then work on fixing technical actions. This is better for small children. )
There were other ways of teaching talked about in between the two I mentioned. I wished that I could have taken notes, but that is not what you do when you are having dinner with friends. He summed it up by telling me that building a fencer is like building a house. You start with the foundation. It was what I needed to hear.
I use some of the drills that Coach has taught me when I work one-on-one with our students. "Six Wall" being the foundation for them all. Like all coaches, I base my teaching on what I have learned from coaches I admire. Sometimes it is the lesson I had from my own coach, that very week. I had worried that when I use drills like "Six Wall" that maybe this wasn't the best thing to do. I have heard so many great coaches say things that made it seem that way. I am not a great coach. I am a moderately skilled coach in a mostly recreational club. I am getting better though. I have been so conflicted about what and how I teach in our little club. I now feel like you can get to the same destination by many paths. I will build my foundations my way, stopping along the way to examine the work . I feel like you should stop from time to time and scrutinize your opinions. For now, I think I am on the right track.
( Yet Another editors note: I am a coach at the Greensboro Fencers' Club in Greensboro, NC. I am a student of Brian Toomey at the Charlotte Fencing Academy. From time to time I return to the North Carolina Fencing Development Program for a lesson and technical tune up with my friend Coach Ron Miller.)