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  1. I'm not French

    by , 10-24-2014 at 03:57 PM
    Having two weapons fail during practice made me decide to get a spare for competition. The next question was whether this should be the time to change to a French grip. I experimented with one for a week when my index finger was strained, and again last week when the two pistol grip weapons failed. So we took a more serious look last night. I did some target practice with the French and it wasn't any better, but more importantly, my coach could see part of my glove sticking out from the bell ...
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  2. Siblings

    by , 10-21-2014 at 04:50 PM
    Not all kids fence. Some of you might think thatís strange, but there are kids who are too young to fence or have interests in other sports. But frequently those kids wind up at fencing tournaments. Then sometimes our fencing kids wind up at figure skating competitions or other non-fencing events.

    When we get siblings attending one of our tournaments, I like to try and find some way to get them involved. Iíve used them to hand out flowers to the winners of womenís events, to ...

    Updated 10-21-2014 at 08:58 PM by Zebra

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  3. i have to learn to not give a crap

    by , 10-20-2014 at 08:09 PM
    I absolutely hate worrying about equipment. It is a distraction that no fencer needs. For me when I don't have more than 3 blades at a comp I feel real insecure and it affects my fencing. I have to learn to not care about broken blades. If a blade or wire breaks I have to really say so what, next blade please. I use all the same blades they just have different ware to them. which means some are very flexible and others very stiff. So in order to alleviate this issue, I am going back to buying a ...
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  4. Sewing the crest

    by , 10-19-2014 at 09:55 PM
    Friday night was the last step in my annual hockey referee recertification: sitting at the kitchen table, carefully sewing my 2014-15 USA Hockey crest (patch) on my sweater. While obviously we wear striped sweaters when working a game, the sweater doesnít say anything about our qualifications or sanctioning. The crest does that for us, and shows that we are up on the current edition of the rulebook, procedures, and points of emphasis from USA Hockey.

    Fencing could use something ...
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  5. 9

    by , 10-15-2014 at 11:08 PM
    I was in Swarthmore on Saturday to work as assistant BC: working for and learning from David Sapery (Marshal hires good people, and David came as part of a package deal with Lisa Campi) so I can do a better job running tournaments at the club. But then one of the sabre referees we expected didnít show, so Marshal and David decided to have me fill in and ref as well.

    Fortunately, I was expecting to step in and ref a few bouts to help slow-moving matches catch up, so I was prepared. ...
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