I took a lesson tonight with Thomas, one of the assistant coaches. It was a mutually beneficial arrangement: for me, I got the opportunity to break out of a routine (i.e. taking lessons with the same coach for years) and improve my mental flexibility while also addressing ongoing bad habits with a coach, and for him, the opportunity to give an advanced fencer a lesson (while I don’t consider myself advanced in terms of overall competition, I’m definitely advanced for the UT club – 10 years will do that to you!) with constructive feedback on his coaching skills from a former coach.
Oh. My. God.
My legs hate me right now. They’ve been jiggly since the lesson. He started off a bit quicker than I expected – advance-lunges with various blade set-ups. I needed a bit more of a warm-up, but I managed okay. The lesson went well overall, but not as smooth as either of us would have liked due to getting used to each other as coach and student. I’ll have to do a repeat in the future. 😀