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  1. Winter break

    by , 12-19-2011 at 10:33 PM
    It was decently busy tonight--Jessi1, Tom, Mike, and qatet were there, as well as Meredith, though I didn't get to fence Meredith. She tells me she loves Oregon and has earned her C.

    I did a half hour of footwork before suiting up because am really really really out of shape. Then qatet and I did drills. It was just great - we did David Mandell's old partner drills. Attack to head with advance lunge, then parry riposte, then cut to any target with parry riposte, then counter-attack. ...
  2. Well that was friggin' FUN!

    by , 12-18-2011 at 09:01 PM
    My first tournament is in the history books. I learned a ton, and have added quite a few items to the list of things that I need to improve.

    There were 9 fencers total, so everyone had 8 five touch bouts. Each of the opponents fenced in a unique style, and I immensely enjoyed the challange of adjusting my game.

    The last bout of the day was me vs. Coty Lineweaver, a fencer off to a very good beginning from CACC. I was able to tie it up, and we went into the extra minute. ...
  3. Footwork bit

    by , 12-17-2011 at 09:04 PM
    Cindy Bent Findlay asked me to contribute a footwork drill, and it's in the current issue. I felt kind of at a loss when she asked. What is a footwork drill? I do have about a half hour footwork practice that I do, when I'm in shape which I am not right now, but it seemed silly to just give her my list. I figured I would write up some basic "off-the-line" drills that are part of what I do and explain why I do them. It isn't sufficient, and it isn't complete, and when I re-read it, it seems awfully ...
  4. Novice tournament tomorrow.

    by , 12-17-2011 at 11:44 AM
    6 months of classes, workouts and thinking about fencing have lead up to me preregisterd for tomorrow's novice foil tournament at FAP.
    I'm terribly excited.
    I've read a lot of the advice for new competetors (thanks,!), and don't think I'll screw the between bout stuff up to badly.
    It's not so much about the winning or losing, but I want to execute well on the strip. Since coach Nick said "Go fence" a couple weeks ago, I've been bouting as often as possible, beginning ...
  5.'s been awhile

    by , 12-16-2011 at 11:10 AM
    Well I haven't been on in awhile and it's been even longer since I've blogged. Finals were in full swing this week and I've been so stressed out I've literally lost weight. Which isn't too bad but I'm gonna gain it back over winter break. But anyway I've got my 2nd tournament coming up soon and I'm so excited. It's an RYC that my coach is hosting. I will be competing in the Y14 division and Cadet. I thought they only went up to 14 years old at youth competitions but obviously I was wrong. ...

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