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  1. Veteran Sabre Camp

    by , 07-29-2014 at 12:34 PM
    I drove up to Boston Friday to do the veteran women's sabre camp. Ariana Klinkov organized it, and brought in Fernando Casares, who has won world cups and who had just competed in the world championships in Kazan. I went because Ariana was one of the first really good women to fence sabre, and has since become a well-respected and effective coach and an international referee of considerable standing. She coached Daria Schneider. I've done a couple of camps Ariana put on when she was at Prise ...
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  2. It's a Nice Day for a Tournament - Hey Ernie, Let's Fence Two!

    by , 07-28-2014 at 01:54 PM
    I fenced both events in the LFC Epee/Foil Open on Sunday, because Stephanie would only come along if I fenced foil with her.

    Epee: Halfway through the first round of pools, they decided to do a second round to give everyone more fencing. With only three pools of 5, I wasn't complaining.

    First round of pools: 3-1, +7. Got stuck down 4-1 or 4-2 in my first bout against Yatvitsky because of silly fencing, and had to fence very carefully to bring it back. He's got a ...

    Updated 07-28-2014 at 06:48 PM by sdubinsky

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  3. Time, please?

    by , 07-28-2014 at 12:46 PM
    Fenced the open event at home yesterday. Goal was to get at least one bout win and not finish last.

    Third pool bout was with another vet. My basic tactic of controlling tempo and distance worked well enough that I could get in for touches, and get a 4-2 lead. All I needed was to get in one more time, get full extension in the lunge, and make sure my point was on target. A double touch would be just fine. I pushed him down the strip, and went for it as soon as I found the opportunity. ...

    Updated 07-28-2014 at 04:02 PM by Zebra

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  4. One-liner

    by , 07-26-2014 at 12:55 AM
    You might enjoy this line I used in that particularly unpleasant hockey game last week...

    Me: Interference! 16 Green!

    16 Green: That's [word you can't use on the fencing strip]! Whad'd'I do???

    Me: You want the regular version or super slo-mo?

    And I could have given it to him (looking back, I wish he'd asked!), right down to the spot where he changed direction to try and take out the man without the puck. Whatever the sport is, sometimes ...
    Tags: hockey, refs
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  5. Practice Observations

    by , 07-25-2014 at 10:27 AM
    After Wednesday's bouting practice with my coach, I sat and thought about what had transpired. The roughly 50 minutes of fencing had not 'gone well' in my opinion. I tried to break down why things hadn't gone better. It didn't take to long to realize why I felt like I had given up so many touches. I simply had not played my game. Don't get me wrong, my coach had changed his game and was trying some new things as part of his own personal preparation for Pan Am, and World Vet Championships. ...
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