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  1. I'm soooo excited

    by , 01-08-2012 at 02:23 PM
    I'm competing in my second tournament this coming saturday and sunday and I'm really excited. Over the course of last week, I fenced with and Olympic sabre fencer multiple times and he helped me alot. At first the thought of fencing him scared the crap out of me since he is so advanced, I mean he went to the beijing Olympics for crying out loud, anyway he freaked me out. But when I fenced him he brought himself down to my level and really just wanted to help me. He taught me about tempo and making ...
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  2. that was the week that was

    by , 01-07-2012 at 09:29 PM
    I've had a pretty interesting fencing week.
    The importance of starting slow has finally sunk in. A simple thing, but it seemed counter-intuitive until I started actually doing it in the post class bouts on Monday. Once I stopped rushing off the line, I immediately began to realize the advantages. 1. Energy conservation. Duh. 2. Time. Take a moment or two to assess the situation. 3. Deception. Why let the opponent know how fast I can move right off the bat?
    Fencing axiom: It's hard ...
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  3. Caffeine Detox Redux

    by , 01-07-2012 at 11:46 AM
    The addiction returned full force with a 100 oz. Diet Coke day that began at 4am when I drove to work to change cars to drive to another site and then another and back to the second and so on. Friday ended the week with a 40 oz. Diet Coke day that went on 4 hrs. after my official work day ended. Blah!

    After that, I gave some thought to blowing off exercising but that just makes it easier to skip the next one and the one after that so I grabbed a quick meal and then forced myself ...
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  4. Started new session tonight

    by , 01-06-2012 at 10:41 PM
    We started a new session tonight. The Fencing I class is only 6 kids and they are quiet. Very attentive which is unusual. They really enjoyed Simon Says for Advance and Retreat. Push Footwork makes life so much easier. "Move forward by pushing yourself forward. Backwards by pushing yourself backwards. Let's go!"

    The Fencing II was another 7 kids - one from another club. This other club did 10 weeks of footwork. The girl could move! but couldn't do anything else. So she's in Fencing ...
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  5. And lo, it was busy tonight!

    by , 01-04-2012 at 10:33 PM
    After weeks of sparse nights, it was jammed. Three strips of foilists, one of epee, two of sabre, and lots of stuff going on. I did some footwork and then drilled with qatet--partner work with straight cut, feint cut, and the permutations.

    We discussed what I'd like to figure out, which is the strategic, tactical, and skill aspects of a one-light counter-attack when you've gotten your opponent to chase you. I'd say that when coaches teach the counter-attack they generally teach ...
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