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  1. Trying to teach

    by , 09-25-2014 at 03:06 PM
    It looks as if I am going to start teaching a beginner's class here soon. It is still in the developmental phase, but my coach asked if I was interested.

    I have to say, (and my coach knows this, which may be why he asked me if I was interested) I had been getting ready to test for my Moniteur. I have always been of the opinion that I am a competitor, and really don't feel like I know enough to coach, I still have too much to learn. However, I don't think of teaching a beginner ...
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  2. Trying to improve my game, but stepping back in results

    by , 09-23-2014 at 02:56 PM
    Over the past two years, I have had (for me) some very positive results. I have attributed this to two specific items, lots of training/strip time with great fencers, and an improved mental game. The first is pretty self explanitory, the second, was the lightbulb comming on that intensity can sometimes be a roadblock. My desire to get a positive result led to my making poor decisions during bouts, resulting in less than positive finishes at tournaments. Over the past two years, my mental game ...
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  3. Margins

    by , 09-23-2014 at 11:50 AM
    Though it wasn't on the training syllabus, last week presented a lesson in intensity. Friday night with the Swarthmore kids again. Some concern about my knees (patellar tendinitis?) and a sprained finger took the edge off my intensity from last week. The bout with their WE captain typified it perfectly. Double touch, double touch, double touch, her touch, my touch, 4-4, her touch. I didn't fence badly, but lacked the extra zing from last week that was turning those two-light touches into one-light. ...
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  4. That uncomfortable place

    by , 09-19-2014 at 12:05 AM
    Tonight's was hard not physically but emotionally hard. I talked to my coach again about my performance at DVFC(the goo, the bad, the ugly). So today we worked on my mind, which means we did a drill where I could only attack, then a drill where I can only parry riposte, then we did a drill where it was an 8 touché bout and I was down by 4. Now this is where things get interesting from and this is where things get interesting. First I had to get myself in the mind set that I was down 4-0 I had to ...
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  5. One goal down

    by , 09-17-2014 at 12:44 AM
    One of the new-season goals was to beat Swarthmore fencers (I'm a Haverford alum), and I got my first chance Friday. The week set up well for it since the focus of Thursday's vet class was tactics and mental preparation for a bout. Lioness and I would fence a five-point bout and then with our coach’s help, analyze it from a tactical standpoint. That meant I fenced those bouts full-tilt boogie rather than at a speed to help Lioness, so I was mentally revved up from the start the next night. ...
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