It’s no good to show a student every parry and only then move to bouting. We must show a few fundamental strokes so that pupil can participate in practice bouts or drills in bout-like conditions. In epee: we start with parry six, circle-six parry, or stop hit against low line, and that’s enough for the student to participate in bouts.
First we practice by announcing attack. Then we do the same by not announcing the attack, so student must choose the correct action based on the attack the coach executes.
All movements should be very real. It’s no good to give the student the blade. The attack should be such that if the student doesn’t react, they get hit.
The coach chooses a reasonable speed, depending on the level of the student. When we teach and coach in a realistic manner, we don’t only teach the movements, we teach students to read opponent’s movement, to distinguish simple attack, compound attack. What they have to do: parry or counter-riposte, step back or step forward. It is very very important.
The student must hit the coach. The student must learn to hit reasonably and realistically. It’s not reasonable to train by pulling all hits and not touching the opponent. The student hitting or getting hit is feedback. If the student reacts and executes correctly, they should hit. If they don’t, they should be hit.
The variants of technical skill should be practiced as soon as possible. It’s no good to always practice against the same attack to the same target. The attacks should vary even if the action is exactly the same. So even if the parry is a hengen vs an oberhau (or circle six vs attack to high inside line), it should be done with various angles and choice of target.
Foil: for normal people whom want to fence
Epee: for vicious murderers whom try to stab your kneecaps and fingers and head for fun
Saber: for people whom are possessed by an actual demon and frankly terrify me