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  1. I Cant Even

    by , 05-15-2014 at 10:12 AM
    I got two new blades yesterday, which probably cost more than a broke college student should be paying. They'll last, though. While I was setting one up, I thought again about canting it, and I decided again that I don't want to. I'm still finding my style, and I'm pretty comfortable with having a straight blade. Canting seems like it'd make some actions easier while restricting others.

    Slowly getting out of my slump. I'm learning to relax my hips when I lunge, and explode off ...
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  2. First time fencing (post surgical)

    by , 05-14-2014 at 12:24 PM
    Well, I did my first couple of post surgical bouts last night. Wasn't really going for anything specific, other than to see how I was feeling and kind of 'test the waters'. I fenced 4 x 15 touch bouts. I took it real easy and played defense (mostly). I did a couple of long remises, which I didn't want to do, just in case. I kicked myself in the butt each time I did, as I was nervous about hurting myself. Alas, I walked away without any pain. I just am trying to be mindful of going to hard ...
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  3. Feel Like I Am Starting From Scratch

    by , 05-12-2014 at 01:48 PM
    Well, surgery is complete. Now it is time to start getting ready for Natls. Unfortunetly, its going to be painfully slow going. I started on Sat by going to the club for the first time since surgery last Wed. Was only there for about 40 minutes, and much of it was talking to coach and teammates, letting them know how I was doing, and directing a few bouts. I did spend some time doing point control drills on wall targets and fencing dummy. Not much in the way of moving, just kept it basic with ...
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  4. Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes!

    by , 05-08-2014 at 12:17 AM
    Well my toes are fine, but the rest is all messed up. Fortunately I think I'm on the upswing, or I might break my epee.

    For the last couple weeks I've been working on seriously revamping my footwork, trying to keep my knees bent more and be more explosive in a lunge. Finally, just today, I figured out exactly what I'm doing wrong while I'm doing it, and started to try to fix it. Still incredibly frustrating. Whenever I retreat or flinch, my knees straighten and almost lock, stealing ...
  5. At the train station this morning

    by , 05-06-2014 at 09:40 AM
    "It's a saber."

    "No, it's not sharp."

    "One of the competitors left it at a tournament last week and I'm bringing it back to his club. I put it in this bag so it wouldn't scare people so much."

    "It's a saber."

    "Here. Hold it out and try to trace your name in the air with the point. Like this."
    ["eek!"]

    "Yes, it's for fencing. It's a saber."

    "Lost and found from a tournament."

    "Yes, ...
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