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Core skill 5 involves my performer going up against a former Olympic athlete, to carry out a Riposte

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A1 TIMETABLE Date Week Objective 14th January 1 Observe performer in core skill 1 (on guard), use camera for visual observation. 21st January 2 Observe performer in core skill 2 (footwork) and discuss, use camera for visual observation. 28th January 3 Observe performer in core skill 3 (lunge) and discuss, use camera for visual observation. 4th February 4 Observe performer in core skill 4 (Parry) and discuss, use camera for visual observation. 11th February 5 Observe performer in core skill 5 (riposte) and discuss, use camera for visual observation. B1 Core Skill 1- ON GUARD Core skill 1 involves the performer being in the correct on guard position, I will check to see if my performer is in the correct position. I will compare my performer's stance to a former Olympic performer. MY PERFORMER STRENGTHS WEAKNESSES * Pommel is in wrist * Grip arm is not bent * Back arm not relaxed * Feet are not shoulder width apart * Back leg isn't bent sufficiently * Sword arm, shoulder and elbow not in line OLYMPIC PERFORMER STRENGTHS WEAKNESSES * Feet are shoulder width apart. * Leading foot is at a right angle to the rear foot. * Both heels in line. * Knees are flexed. * Body is upright and parallel to the floor. * Sword hand, elbow and shoulder are in line. * Back arm is raised and relaxed. * Olympic performer should not have any weaknesses. As can be seen from above my performer really does need to work on Core skill 1. My performer needs to make sure that she works on these weaknesses. In comparison to the Olympic performer it seems that performer has a lot of work to do and must work upon her weaknesses. Her only strength that I could see was that the pommel was in her wrist, which tells me that there is a lot of room for improvement. ...read more.

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Also if you refer to the picture below you can see that her index finger is clearly curled under the handle and her thumb is on the top of the handle close to the cushion, this also contributes to a better grip of the foil. In being able to hold the foil in the correct manner you will successfully be able to: * Pick the target area on your opponent with better accuracy. * Bend the blade correctly without using excessive force when you have successfully hit your target area. Weakness My performer's major weakness in core skill 1 was the positioning of her legs/ feet whilst in an on guard position. The position of your feet in on guard position is important, as you need to stay balanced and be able to move around in the correct way when you are facing your opponent. Looking at my performers on guard position I can see that she has a poor stance, in terms of her footwork. This is as I can see that her knees are not sufficiently flexed which could be vital to her first move when facing an opponent as she needs to be quick but retain her balance, for example if she went for a lunge she'd need to have quick footwork and balance to get into that position. The On guard position is the get ready position, so you should be balanced and ready to move when necessary. C2 Performer's major Strengths/ Weaknesses for Core Skill 2 Strength My performer's major strength in core skill 2 was her ability to land on the ball of her foot while moving forwards and landing on the heel of her feet whilst moving backwards. She shows a good rhythm in doing this and she always lands correctly on her feet whether she is moving backwards or forwards. If my performer follows the pattern of landing correctly on her feet it is seen as an advantage as she will be ready and on her ...read more.

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The reason it is bad to rush ripostes is because you will have less control over a parry. It is important to gain control while doing a parry, as you want to be able to have good accuracy and speed while attacking. Movement My performer needs to keep her feet same distance apart. This is so that she can retain her balance as she is keeping in constant movement whereas if it was more varied there is more of a chance that she will lose balance. She needs to keep a good rhythm if she is to improve her movement; also she needs to have the same distance between her feet the same so she can make lunges with greater accuracy. Although this is to d with movement I still think this is a key area that I think my performer needs development upon. She rushes her steps and this can lead to her making an error. To further develop this she needs to practice her steps. It is important not to rush steps because she needs to keep balance and when your steps are rushed you are more likely to fall over. D2 Justification for focus The reason that I think that the development of these 5 skills are important is because this could help improve my performer's overall Fencing techniques. I think that concentrating and developing upon each skill is a great idea as my performer will be able to understand each skill specifically before being able to implement them into her overall performance. Focusing on these core skills could also help my performer tactically understand the game better as she would know each of the skills better and she will be able to apply these tactics into her own performances. If she develops these five skills by practicing she will gain a much better knowledge of each skill, and she will know when best to use these skills, for example, in a game situation. ...read more.

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