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 Post subject: Advice on training female fighters
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2015 3:16 pm 
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Location: Munich, Germany
Started Fighting: 0-11-1998
Realm: Monachium
What resources are available for how to make female fighters feel welcome and train well?

I have The Armored Rose, and while valuable as foundation, a lot of the suggested improvements are SCA-specific. I've seen that House Valkyrie has been holding classes at Chaos, but I haven't found any videos or summaries of what they teach.

Being on the old side of the Atlantic, I can't alas just tell the women of my realm to go to Chaos, so any resources would be much appreciated.

-Hårdgrim Bonebreaker of Monachium

 Post subject: Re: Advice on training female fighters
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2015 11:01 pm 
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Location: Irvine, CA
Started Fighting: 31 Aug 2001
Realm: Marshal of Anduril
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Favorite Fighting Styles: Sword & Board, Extreme Taunting
Possibly one of the most important features is the environment and community. Women tend to do best when there are other women - and that usually means a relaxed and friendly environment. We usually have more men in groups, so the first thing is to make sure that the gender disparity doesn't cause men to hit on every woman that shows up. I already feel bad typing that, but it can be a problem in some places. Keep your meetings welcoming to all people.

Sparring with teaching makes anyone better. Beating people up doesn't. With regard to teaching women, footwork, and proper body mechanics so that they can deliver accurate shots with enough power is essential. But, it's probably essential for everyone too.

I have heard that our bodies are built differently. I know there are some shots I do not do because they are uncomfortable (certain wraps - wrist limitations?). I encourage everyone to avoid actions that are physically uncomfortable- maybe it is due to some gender limit, maybe it is due to a personal limit, but repetition of painful movements is bad. It won't make anyone better at the sport.

Lastly, women can be top fighters too. Don't expect less. We may start disadvantaged due to culture, but we can catch up just fine. Most of us have no trouble playing with the guys.

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 Post subject: Re: Advice on training female fighters
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2015 11:02 pm 
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Favorite Fighting Styles: Red Sword - S&B - Florentine
Belegarth, like many sports, can have a "boys club" kind of feel to it. Doing non-combat related activities together as a group helps everyone feel more included, including your female fighters, and removes that feeling that the sport is only for the hyper-athletic. This can be anything from doing movie nights, going out to eat after practice, doing garb or weapon building days, game nights, or just generally hanging out. When your members feel like they have a vested interest in the group and that it really is a community and not just a common interest, they'll be more likely to hang around.

As for specifically targeting your female members, just make sure that your group isn't a hostile or unfriendly environment. If your other members act inappropriately or make crude or unsavory remarks or jokes, the women in your group may decide that it really isn't the place for them.

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