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  1. I Like to Move it Move it

    by , Yesterday at 11:19 AM
    Had it driven home once again that the key to success in fencing is movement and controlling distance. In all my bouts, whenever I stood up and stood still, I let up touches in bunches. When I remembered to keep my back leg bent and move, everything became a lot easier.

    All the little ones are on spring break, so we played a grown-up game of handball. Loads of fun, although I was stuck in goal for the second half.

    Fenced Poirier. He started up a bunch, I started ...
  2. Low Gear

    by , 04-17-2014 at 11:10 PM
    Wednesday foil class, thirteen (six advanced, seven beginners). Wow!

    Drill. Line of Death, plain. Picture Frame Game (two advances and pause for attacker) using withheld actions. Defender could look for the blade. I wondered when to look for the blade and when to get out. Answer: Mix it up. Answer that came to me later: Mix up looking for the blade and false counter attack. Drill went by fast.

    Bouting, for time. What a relief. It went well, and had they been ...
    Sabre , Foil , Lessons , Foil Lessons
  3. Glasses

    by , 04-17-2014 at 12:03 AM
    I was at the optician's today, picking out a replacement for the frames I had ordered and turned out to be unavailable. While I was going through the displays, I saw they had the latest Rec-Specs models, including a new version of the kind I use, which have an elastic strap instead of hard plastic or metal temples.

    I'm surprised at how many fencers wear their everyday glasses under their mask. They can get banged around in there, they get sweaty, and I expect they're not too comfortable. ...
    Tags: parents, vets
  4. Minneapolis NAC, April 2014

    by , 04-15-2014 at 10:15 PM
    VET 40 WF

    I kind of wish my events had been in a different order. This was the one I cared most about, and it was first. I didn’t fence my best, and the mental groove eluded me. I lost a bout that I should have won, and my coach agreed with me. My DE was a 2-10 blowout against a fencer that I should have been able to get more touches on. She was only seeded four places higher. Perhaps I shouldn’t feel so badly about it because she then took out the second seed 10-3. But it was ...

    Updated 04-16-2014 at 12:47 PM by abouttothunder

    Sabre , Foil , Competition , NACs
  5. Parents (and fencers): Learn FRED

    by , 04-15-2014 at 05:03 PM
    [I'm back: the blog was collateral damage in the spam wars, which now seem to have blown over]

    One of the reasons I got asked to explain about finding and choosing tournaments for my fencer is that most of the parents of new fencers hadn't used FRED before.

    If your fencer is a competitor (i.e. he or she competes at tournaments other than the ones at the home club), it is really worth your while to learn how to search for tournaments of interest and to check FRED at ...
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