Children and the Art of the Sword, Part 4

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Ages 10 to 13 The 10 to 13 year olds are able to adjust all the strikes. Their attention spans have increased, thus allowing longer practice sessions on any one technique.  This age range also seems to enjoy one-on-one combat. It is a good time to introduce using two weapons (one in each hand).  Simple games can include contests similar to “King of the Hill.”  This game is conducted by having the students line up. The first two students in line battle until the first strike occurs. The loser gets zero points. The winner gets one point and continues on to fight the next student in line. Again, the winner

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