So I just had a rather sobering, and smacking myself in the head moment at practice.
So I have this beginner. Very new, but his fencing instincts are AWESOME. Fencing sabre for us, tonight was his 3rd time with a sabre in his hand. I was fencing him, and I got down 4-1, by being complicated. I was losing, pretty badly, against a guy with a sabre in his hand for the 3rd time. I was just making everything complicated, and it was going over his head, and he was missing it, and just
It sux, seeing someone get treated terribly, but not be able to help.
It sux, seeing such a great person get ****ed by their family, and treated with such cold cruelty.
It sux, having someone that means the world to you, get absolutely ****ed over, and theres not a DAMN THING I can do about it.
It kills me, to only be able to talk to them every once in a great while. And even then, only in an online conversation for a few minutes. I haven't heard their voice
Hmm... so thinking about sabre, I had this really weird idea.
If a fencer is consistently finishing from too close, and hitting with the middle, or the forte of his blade, whats a good way to fix this? Obviously, the first answer is to give a lesson, and say NO when he gets to close. The second answer may be to give a lesson where if they get to close, I use that fault to score against them with an AiP or a parry riposte.
What if you used a different approach.
Yesterday, I got a really good view of why coaches tend to argue more / get more angry then fencers. Usually, I only get the referee's perspective. I used to get the fencer's perspective, but yesterday, I got the coaches perspective.
As a fencer, its frustrating to do an action correctly, and not get the call. Especially something you've spent a lot of time practicing.
But. As a coach, to have taught an action from scratch to a beginner fencer, then have them execute
So we had our first "real" dual meet ever yesterday. We had our scrimmage against catholic last year, but that doesn't really count. It was dry, self reffed, and just a stepping stone.
Yesterday we had the fall meet of the BWCFC. 6 teams including GMU, which meant 5 meets in the same day. We ended up without 2 of our strongest fencers. 1 girl went to the NAC, and 1 sabre just couldn't make it. I still felt pretty good going in. My bare minimum goal was it make the top