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  1. A night with the Panthers

    by , 02-24-2012 at 09:57 AM
    It's been a few years since I last competed. As I've written before, I keep renewing my U rating but having a fun time of it. And why do something if you're not having fun?

    So I figure with the Liberty tournaments coming up on March 11th, I'll try some advice that another fencer gave through tele-coaching. A lot of good advice. But before I go to this larger tourney, test the advice in a smaller setting. WS Panthers has an "Earn your E" and I figure that's as good as anywhere. ...
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  2. Too focused to focus

    by , 02-16-2012 at 06:40 AM
    Two upcoming tournaments: E for Epee in Media and Epee & Foil Liberty Open in March. I want to do well, so I'm mentally thinking what to do. Since epee is the common between them, I only brought an epee to the University.

    First bout was with Red Mike. Epee isn't his favorite weapon but he said he'll give it a try. We didn't keep score but he had some really good hits. I just could get the lights to go off where I was trying to hit. Mike had fun and may reconsider epee.
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  3. Parry weapon

    by , 02-12-2012 at 02:48 PM
    Decided to build a parry weapon for a couple of reasons:
    - Need an off-hand parry weapon for two-handed SCA-type
    - Some students just aren't getting that the forte and guard are adequate for defense.

    So I built this from a broken saber.



    Trimmed the blade way down. Drilled a rubber stopper, painted it red and glued it on.
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  4. Absense of blade and reintroduction to competions

    by , 02-09-2012 at 10:26 AM
    Spent an hour at the gym after driving in the rush-hour snow, so wasn’t keen on going to WCU last night. 8pm rolled around and figured what the heck. Dropped off Coach Mike’s 3-in-1 buzzer. He loves it. We did an epee match and he’s hooked on fencing electric again.

    Ran two some new students through 4-6. Parry, then parry-riposte, then at distances. Back and forth. Good drills but I miss the days of playing tic-tac drills. That drill seems to have fallen by the wayside. Start slow ...
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  5. WCU Lesson Remembered : Fence from distance

    by , 02-03-2012 at 06:24 AM
    Went to the WCU practice on Wed. Good practice, warmed up with the drills used on the WCY Adult class. Students seemed to enjoy it - some said it was "exercise" they weren't ready for. Good.

    Fenced Paul, the club president. Lost 5-3. Realized much after the mistake I was making : I was starting the attacks too close and letting him get into my distance. I need to work on keeping a further distance and starting the attacks longer. We'd actually get to where the tips where about 1/2 ...
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