Summer Training Schedule
The Tampere scheduling authorities were kind to us this year; all dedicated training sessions are two hours long, and in Sali 1 (aka the big room) of Tampere Stadium. In keeping with the combination of Armizare material, we will now have two general Armizare sessions per week to cover all the material! Remember, your progression is in your hands. If you can only make one of these sessions per week, that’s fine. You’ll still be able to progress training only once per week like you were before… now you just have the opportunity to double it. The open training time on Sunday is only an hour long, but it’s going to be Summer, we can and will probably do extra training outside.
Having two-hour sessions has been on our wish list for a long time! With our extended time, we’ll be adding a few toys to our warmup sessions (like agility ladders and medicine balls)… you can expect a slightly longer, more complete workout, but less brutally intense in pace than the condensed one we’ve had to do so far. It also means warmup, instruction, drilling, and free play can all fit in the same lesson without conflict.
Tuesday 19:00-21:00 Armizare
Friday 17:30-19:30 Armizare
Sunday 13:00-15:00 I.33
Sunday 15:00-16:00 Open Training
Armizare Curriculum Guides
As promised in our last news post, pdf guides have been posted for ranks within the Armizare curriculum in the new Downloads section of our site, up there in the navigation bar.
For the time being, we will ALL (including myself) be starting at the rank of Apprendista. For the first year or so this system is in place, we will assess and allow people to rank up a little more often. In this way, the people who already have significant training will move forward in rank faster than those without, but will still have the familiarity of having gone through our curriculum and avoiding gaps where it might differ from what they learned before.
The board and instruction committee are still developing how exactly rank advancement will be done, but we have a good working model, so it won’t take long.
In case you missed it last time, or need a reminder from the original post explaining what these are:
Tampere HEMA has long structured its ranks on the medieval academic system of Scholar, Free Scholar, Provost, and Master at Arms, with the common modern day addition of the Novice in the beginning, and the acknowledgement that we won’t grant the rank of Master at Arms as we have no surviving Master at Arms to judge one. The rank of novice is a trial period of about three months; the basic beginner course time. Next comes the scholar, a period of 3-4 years of study… followed by the free scholar, who has for the most part grown beyond learning from an instructor and must begin to evolve on his own.
We’ve chosen to insert a series of sub-ranks during those years of training as a scholar. It’s important to understand that ranks in our club confer no authority or aplomb beyond the camaraderie you build with your peers; they are instead a tool we can use to measure our progression. Your rank determines what your instructor expects you to know, what they should teach you next, and how your performance will be measured. By understanding your rank and where you stand within the curriculum, you’ll be able to see the path in front of you. When you train alone, or without an instructor, or while he or she is busy, you’ll know what you should be working on. You’ll be able to look at the curriculum guide for your rank and immediately determine what you should be learning, and in turn your instructor will know exactly how best to aid your development. Regardless of how quickly or slowly you choose to progress, how many breaks you take or days you train, you won’t be held back or left behind. Curriculum guides for each rank will be available soon, and we’ll start operating under them in the Summer.