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  1. 2/4, 2/6 bouts, lesson, bouts

    by , 02-08-2014 at 10:50 AM
    Didn't have a chance to blog until now. Just stuff.
    I fenced 6 on Tuesday. Worked on defense, distance and of course, not over-committing.
    Noteable bouts: Michael W: an FAP foilist who showed up. We fenced only 2 5s because he had bodycord issues. He beat me in the first. A very very quick hand, strong too. The second 5, I adjusted my distance. Feint, feint, feint, getting him to chase my blade around. Waited for a parry that was just a bit too big, and hit deep. It felt good to ...
  2. This is why she is the coach

    by , 02-07-2014 at 11:02 AM
    Last night was freakin awesome! We working a few drills that were designed to make you uncomfortable and deal with that situation so that you can deal with it on the strip. So my coach was drilling me and yeah she did some double, triple, feint beat and caught me square in the chest really hard. She said I'm sorry, I said that's OK that is why we wear this stuff. Her footwork and blade movement were magnificent and had me confused, and in a slight panic, I could not retreat fast enough and I could ...
  3. Notes 05 Feb 2014 - Hope for Spring

    by , 02-06-2014 at 08:28 PM
    Sunday at Club was fun. My turn to go into the side room and handle any students that were either too rowdy or did not want to play with others. Directed and coached Foil, Epee and Saber. Plus some kids who were just hanging out. Most of the kids are happy to learn when lessons are given. Explained to both Foil and Epee that where the tip goes, the rest of the blade follows. That worked for explaining some basics of envelopment and how a 1-2 disengage is successful. Saber lessons are usually not ...
  4. Do not throw away that old laptop it can fix your foil!

    by , 02-06-2014 at 10:58 AM
    So I was rewiring a blade last night and yes I did loose a grub strew actually I lost three and found two so a net loss of 1. When I was putting the socket on I realized that I did not have a screw to attach the wire to the socket, apparently I have two sockets without screws and at midnight I was not running out to the hardware store to try and find the screw size and it seemed rather stupid to buy a new socket just because the screw was missing. So I looked around to see what loose screws(LOL) ...
  5. Strip Coaching

    by , 02-05-2014 at 03:36 PM
    I've been having the new fencers at UMD coach each other, to develop their strip vision. After practice, one came up to me and asked what, exactly, he should be looking for. I came up with a list of five things.
    1. What is my fencer doing that's working?
    2. What is the opponent doing that's working?
    3. What is my fencer doing that's not working?
    4. What is the opponent doing that's not working, that my fencer can exploit?
    5. What can my fencer change to fence better?

    I also ...

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