The the following updated error list of this training session looks like this:

  1. Error of technique: Standing with his front foot angled inward
  2. Error of decisiveness: The student did not take the chance to score when he was close to the opponent and also had the momentum, instead opting for trying to bind her blade before scoring
  3. Error of initiative: The student let his opponent set up scenarios where the speed was relatively slow, and she could use her superior precision to get into a situation from where she could begin a final attack relatively safely.
  4. Error of technique: The student had his elbow too far our from his body when not actively extending the weapon arm
  5. Error of tactics: Almost all batteés were in the quarte position

The error list is actually longer this time, but that does not mean that the student fenced worse than before – quite the contrary. Instead, the explanation is that once the student got rid of one previous error and improved upon two others, the fencing phrases could go on longer before he would get hit, giving him more time to perform a wider range of errors. This should be seen as opportunities to improve – not failures.

Not surprisingly, the student got hit a lot in the beginning of this training session. I stopped the bouting, and pointed out errors #1,2, and 4 in the list above. I purposefully did not choose to point them all out, since I wanted him to focus on a few things, and not get distracted by a laundry list of stuff.