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  1. KISSing in Sabre

    by , 11-21-2008 at 12:12 AM
    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 ...
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  2. It sucks.

    by , 11-18-2008 at 05:53 PM
    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 ...
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  3. Crazy, probably bad, sabre idea...

    by , 11-12-2008 at 07:49 PM
    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. ...
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  4. Frustrations of coaching

    by , 11-11-2008 at 12:07 PM
    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 ...
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  5. GMUFC Rockin the BWCFC

    by , 11-10-2008 at 02:13 PM
    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 3 out of ...
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