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Poster: "hank jackson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Poster: Galen of Black Diamond
I have a question That I'VE never had to deal with before, so please
forgive ne if this is old news.
First a story:
I went to a demo recently and began explaining to the people, coming
by the booth, the weapons, armor, style and form in which the Society
recreates Rapier combat. Concernedly, most of the interested folk
were young children of elementary school age. The were very
interested as I described and went through the motions of the various
forms of Rapier combat(rapier and Dagger, Rapier and Cloak, et
cetera). I let them heft the weight of the weapons. I did go so far
as to place a youngster or two into stance, and explaining how, led
him or her through a Lunge. I CONTINUOUSLY maintained that we
"sported" with these weapons wearing a considerable amount of armor
and with great care because we did not wish to get hurt. When the
children were handling the weapons they had a tendency to try and
attack me or each other so I further tried to maintain that they
should never poke or hit at anyone else. At this demo and at past
demos, I have seen gentles take up a Heavy's shield and allow the
children to beat on the shield or on a fully armored heavy fighter. I
realize the danger of these teachings and the possible danger to the
children should they attempt to use either form against one another,
My Questions are:
When is teaching, giving too much Knowledge to those, possibly, not
ready for it?
Did I go too far? How far is too far?
How is what I did, different from what the heavys have done?
Your input is greatly appreciated
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