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  1. Pan Am Championships

    by , 08-25-2014 at 11:47 AM
    Well, I have returned from the Pan Am Championships. I had a great time fencing in my first international competition. For those that followed my blog posts, I trained very hard in hopes of realizing a long term goal. Despite not winning the gold, I was very satisfied with my silver. I would like to thank all of my friends and family that have provided such great encouragement and support. The trip was pretty neat. Logistically, everything went just fine. I had no idea what to expect for ...
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  2. Attila Petschauer Sabre Open

    by , 08-24-2014 at 09:26 PM
    There weren't enough women entered for the Veteran Challenge WS, and they couldn't fence it mixed because it's a ROC now, and it was twice as far, so with regret I cancelled my registration and drove up to Poughkeepsie to fence the Petschauer. The women's event was a decent size, and Charlie Astudillo was running the referees very efficiently. The armorer just inspected the mask, and was interested to see that I had the new fastening system for my Leon Paul mask. It was a nice airy field house ...

    Updated 08-25-2014 at 11:38 AM by Peach

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  3. Changing gears

    by , 08-24-2014 at 10:11 AM
    Weekly vet night, usual four. The ankle is still a little thick, but strength and range of motion are close to normal again, so it's time to switch from healing mode to training mode. After drills (less than taxing because the other vets are not as athletic) we did some task bouting. I tried a few crossovers and changes of speed, felt no problems, and turned up the volume a little more.

    I'd been dialing it back to about 80% speed the last three weeks because of the injury, but ...
    Tags: injury, vets
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  4. Recognizing crummy fencing

    by , 08-15-2014 at 08:39 AM
    As you get old and cranky, your first reaction on seeing something like the fencing scene in that Best Buy commercial is to critique it. Even a novice like me can see it's awful fencing: saber parries with a foil, distance much too close, improper footwork, ...
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  5. Work week

    by , 08-13-2014 at 11:06 AM
    That as a productive week for everyone. Lioness and our vet foil decided to come for an extra practice Saturday, and since I was there with my teenager, we had a bonus vets-only workout. Not much drill, just practice bouting. The foil arranged the extra day so Lioness could try fencing foil with her; normally we stick with our epees and simply work on foil targets when practicing against the foil. Lioness seemed befuddled by the rules and tactics, but she looked more comfortable with the foil. ...
    Tags: injury, novices, vets
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