Advanced Classes

Advanced classes are exactly what the name implies. The lesson time is used to practice techniques under pressure, and against a not always cooperative opponent. The level of intensity is set between the advanced students independently. Please note that this is a grade dependent class (see our gradings tab in the drop down menu). Students are occasionally observed and scored without their knowledge based on a changing rota, and their progress is noted. At a set point the instructor will decide they are ready to be tested to join more advanced classes based on their understanding of the principles and theory of the art, and their safety with other students.

These classes rely on the principles of the Foundational classes being developed to a degree that will allow more complex movements to be attempted safely. Often the Advanced classes develop out of Private classes, where small groups begin training with weapon combinations or polearms that fall outside of the Foundational syllabus, depending on the students chosen path or paths of specialisation.

At this stage you will need to provide the minimal level of protection for drills at speed. If you intend to use steel, the level of protection required will also be increased.

By now sparring will be a regular part of the curriculum, with steel or synthetic blades, but is not a requirement for any student. Training with sharp blades and cutting practice may also begin to be introduced.

During tournament preparation, or in the run up to a demonstration event, this time will be utilised to focus on the participants’ requirements. The sparring may be of a high intensity level during this period.

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