7ou might if you’re clever use positive reinforcement for each success maybe a bite of carrot ca*e or some other treat. This is progressive de"sensiti#ation by graduated e(posure.6e do this with horses all the time. do this with my students all the time too.The main difference is that horses are a lot smarter learn a lot faster and seem to never forget once they’ve learned.5uppose your goal is to !sensiti#e% your student.2et’s say you want your student to learn to slip under a left hoo*.7ou start by e(aggerating the set"up for the punch in slow motion so that your student perceives it easily and has all the time in the world to deal with it.2ittle by little you increase the speed and decrease the amplitude of the preparation until you’re throwing a serious punch.Two uic* fencing"specific e(amples:
:5uppose my objective is to sensiti#e my student;s hand to ma*e a thrust as early as possible as the line of engagement <opens.<'rom an engagement in si(te might give the cue =opening the line) so big that ;m practically parrying uarte with my hand on the floor. t;s an opening the student is highly unli*ely to miss. 0ver time ma*e the cue smaller and smaller. ventually the student correctly perceives the opening when my weapon just slightly lessens the pressure of the engagement.
: want my student to have sang"froid that a reptile would envy remaining calm and composed enough to ma*e the smallest possible parry. need to disconnect his/her startle refle(. begin in slow motion with very little aggressive energy fi(ing my student;s hand in the right position until it is reliably correct. then gradually increase the amplitude speed force and energy of my attac* =even shouting or stomping my foot on the attac*) until my student;s parry cooly remains >+?T27 where it should be and not one bit bigger. This is the <auto"pilot< level of s*ill.The most important parts of the process are:
. 5elect the proper !si#e% cue. f you don’t you and your student will both get frustrated.
. @rogress by the smallest increment possible. Ta*e whatever time it ta*es.
. ach training session start at the beginning. +s your student adapts you can progress to the !real thing% sooner and sooner. Aut the early reps are still e(cellent practice and a warm"up and good confidence"builder. should mention that feedbac* or <reinforcement< is vital "" on B97 repetition.t should be both tactile =the action is successful) +,C verbal.6hen ma*ing corrections do it in a positive confidence"enhancing manner. @raise your student for +,7 degree of progress in the right direction.-ood horsemen call that <rewarding the try.<