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  1. Of joining the club

    by , 09-14-2011 at 04:28 PM
    I've never seen myself as much of a joiner, but have decided to become a member of FAP. As I become more committed (obsessed?) with fencing and my desire to become good at it grows, I realize that the home workouts simply are not cutting it. A mix of hardwood floors and carpeting is not a fencing strip, and there's simply not enough space. I'm sick of modifying the footwork drills to accommodate the tiny house I live in.
    Another point in favor of membership is I'll probably get some advice ...
  2. Foil Competition & 2nd Epee Lesson

    by , 09-14-2011 at 01:13 PM
    I've only had two foil lessons but decided to fence a small foil event since I would be there for sabre and I don't have much opportunity to practice in my club. Thus, I fenced a single pool of 8, losing all but one bout by wide margins and losing my DE to an A rated fencer.

    Last night was my second epee lesson and I'm progressing about as fast as a turtle swimming upstream in a river of molasses. Still, I AM making progress rather than regressing so I'm not going to beat myself ...

    Updated 09-14-2011 at 01:32 PM by lindajdunn

  3. Conundrum

    by , 09-12-2011 at 07:20 PM
    For the last two weeks I have been losing weight even though, with the school year starting up again, I have been stress-eating.

    I think have now solved the puzzle of why I was gaining weight before that, even though I was being vigilant about my intake over the summer. What wasn't I doing the last two weeks? Lifting. Because my hand was injured, so I couldn't even successfully do much of the lower-body stuff because most of it required holding onto a grip for stability. ...
  4. Sparse turnout

    by , 09-11-2011 at 10:47 PM
    There weren't many at Bernardsville tonight - Jonathan and Lindsey to start with, then Christian, Adrian, and Andrew. I did the footwork session, then warmed up with Lindsey & ended up fencing her a couple of times more. I fenced Jonathan, Adrian, Andrew, and Tomasz (twice).

    Most of the evening I felt as if I didn't have a clue what I was doing. Tomasz spoke to me about not waving my blade around and about not crossing over after a flunge (my flunge is a silly thing anyway). ...
  5. NJ Senior Olympics

    by , 09-10-2011 at 08:38 PM
    I love the Senior Olympics, and I don't know why more people don't go. Friendly people, medals for age groups in increments of five years, good refereeing, and a good time of the year. Gladys Berardi does a great job as the organizer. She even called me last night to make sure I knew the close of check-in was noon.

    We only had nine total for the sabre, three women and six men. I knew pretty much everyone - Jeannine Bender and Annie Mannino were the other women, and the men were ...

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