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  1. The Warehouse

    I think of a local CrossFit gym, which is a bare bones warehouse space with a lot of heavy things to move, throw and drag. There are no televisions. There are few places to sit, or relax. Everything about the gym says that it is a place to sweat, a place to get dirty, a place where no one will care about your appearance. It is a place where grunting, yelling, and occasionally vomiting is not going to be frowned upon. The staff for these gym seems to be mostly ex-military. Most of them are, actually, ...
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  2. Club Culture (1)

    I've been thinking this week about how the culture of a fencing club is created. I don't have any formal training on "organizational cultures" (I assume such training exists). However, it seems obvious to me that the culture of a club stems from the interpersonal relationships built both inside, and outside of the club.

    So I’ve started my thinking about how a club culture is created by listing all the possible relationships that I think could impact that culture. I’ve started with a ...

    Updated 05-26-2013 at 11:46 AM by Allen Evans

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  3. Club Alchemy



    I had an long conversation with a parent last year, who start out her conversation with me by saying: “But (a
    very well known foreign coach) said...”

    This parent is new to the sport, and wanted me to help plan a training program for her child. The problem was that she didn’t want to listen to my advice, she wanted me to implement the same lessons that her child’s previous coach was implementing at his club. When I disagreed with this, the parent got argumentative . ...
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  4. Consistancy

    It is important to be “internally consistent” in your teaching. That means enforcing consistent ideas of time/distance/tactics and moments to go to the student not only in training, but in competition as well. It means giving the student appropriate feedback about their performance, so they understand when they have made good decisions, and when they have not.

    Last weekend, I saw a coach correctly admonish a student for consistantly attacking in the wrong space (for which she was punished
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  5. One Easy Rule....

    A few years ago, talking to Ed Korfanty about saber, he told me that saber was very simple, and that there were only three things to really think about in a saber bout*. I've used those three things to build a lot of lessons in saber and it was good enough for a student to earn a Vet medal, and to put a couple of new, young saber fencers into Cadet points. I think they are just as valid now as they were when Korfanty told them to me.

    I had come up with the same idea for epee, though ...
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