Okay so the inital response seems to be pretty good.
How do we improve the idea?
Things that I can think of right off the bat.
1) It's a good amount of organisational work for one person to do this every
week. I've got some ideas and will start it out (next FP?) but it would be
much better if other people built on it also. This also keeps it from turning
into "The Angelo Show" and keeps other perspectives and styles of fighting
flowing into the mix. Besides that, I want to TAKE some of these classes!
You all know how to do things I'd like to learn (like polearm)
2) How to we keep it fun?
One of the things about the way we do things now, is that if you like getting
hit its GREAT! :-) It takes longer to get up to speed but it's active and
invigorating in a way that listening to me pontificat will NEVER be.
Do you think the plan as it's layed out give enough activity to keep people
coming back to FP and enjoying it? Can we do something to add to that?
3) Avoid "Twin Peaks Syndrome"
Each lesson needs to be independant.
If we make it so that you are compleatly lost if you miss week 9 of the series
then no one is going to do it. People need to be able to come and go when they
please. This doesn't mean that we can't teach advanced topics. It means that
we can't teach ALL advanced topics in a single night. By mixing it up with
basic intermedate and advanced topics, and repeating topics once in awhile we
allow people to learn at their own pace and get practice at a number of
Some ground other things in the back of my head have been:
1) Never let the example last longer than 5min. If it goes over this I'm
either talking to much or showing to much to absorb. If more explaining needs
to happen walk around and do it during the 'hands on' phase. Or if the point
just didn't get across do a second example after some hands on.
2) Keep it in the 1 hour time frame.
People like pickups so this is NOT a substitue for them and shouldn't take up
all of FP
3) Start on time, every time.
If people come in late, that's okay.
4) It's perfectly okay for people not to participate!
Not everyone learns this way.
Okay.. so I had a very sleepless night last night and thought A LOT about