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.
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.
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.
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
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