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  1. Innovation

    by , 11-26-2011 at 01:44 PM
    I happened to be reading a book about the rise of new financial products (specifically CDOs and synthetic CDOs) and I turned to thinking about innovation in fencing.

    What is innovation in fencing? It's almost impossible to come up with new moves: the sport is so old that it's unlikely anyone is going to "invent" a new parry or type of thrust. While I'm often shown new "actions" by fencers and coaches, they are often actions that went out of favor years ago. These actions are quirky ...
  2. Footwear

    by , 11-23-2011 at 11:10 PM
    Tonight I wore my running shoes because they are so thoroughly padded and my knees hurt a little bit on Monday. I found that I wasn't lunging. Instead, I was flunging or finishing with an advance. Ahren said it was because I couldn't clear my heel, and indeed when I changed to my fencing shoes I was able to lunge again.

    Shoes are such a fraught issue. When I first started jogging in the 70s, no one actually made running shoes. I actually ran in Keds or Chucks, because that's ...
  3. Moving okay

    by , 11-21-2011 at 09:52 PM
    I did fifteen minutes of footwork with my earbuds in, getting myself good and warmed up. Frederick, Philistine, Tom, Simon, and qatet were there, and I fenced everyone. I was working on the lesson off and on; as usual when I'm working on a lesson, a certain number of things obtain. First of all, having a limited set of actions always makes me fence better than when I can use all my actions. Second, my opponent NEVER actually does what my coach does in the lesson, so I'm adapting what I learned ...
  4. Hurrah!

    by , 11-16-2011 at 09:30 PM
    It was very sparse tonight. Bridget was there when I got there, and she gave me an excellent bout (last week she was still in the down-cycle after the NAC she went to) - we did 30 touches. Dick Johnson and Frederick were there, and Lucas put on his sabre lamé (it's an old one of mine that fits him like a glove, because he's very trim) and fenced Frederick while I fenced Dick. Then qatet arrived, hurrah! and she and I fenced and yelled and tried stuff out and ignored everybody else and I feel ...
  5. Rewiring phase 3 : Rewiring

    by , 11-15-2011 at 09:39 PM
    Lay-out the materials: new foil wire, tip (spring and screws to the side), barrel, super-glue, OHM tester, tape and tip-setter. Using all new German tips, barrel and wire. Blade is clean and dry. Bending rig all set. And a copy of Dr. Volmann's book open to the relevant section.

    Of course I screw it up..

    Wire 1:
    Put the wire through the barrel, leaving some of the cup and outside the barrel. Lightly screw the barrel to the end of the foil, gently moving the wire ...

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