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  1. Note 2014 Jan 18 – Second Class

    by , 01-18-2014 at 05:14 PM
    Second Fencing I class. Gathering / warm-up was Simon Says. I always get a kick out of it because we’ll progress through Advance, Retreat, Double Advance, Double Retreat (Simon Says No Galloping!) into Lunge. What gets nearly all of them is Simon will say “Lunge”, we’ll check form, and then I’ll say Recover. Usually everyone recovers; Simon didn’t say it. Moans and groans..

    Passed out gloves and had the students keep distance while smacking their opponent’s glove. Cautioned them to ...
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  2. Watch Them Play

    by , 01-17-2014 at 04:03 PM
    Over the past 30 years, Bruce Brown and Rob Miller of Proactive Coaching LLC have been conducting a survey of college athletes in order to better understand the experience of kids involved in sports. One of the questions Brown and Miller ask is, "What is your worst memory from playing youth and high school sports?" You might expect the answer to have something to do with a particularly painful loss or maybe grueling practices. But the main response is actually, "The ride home from games with my ...
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  3. Notes 15 Jan 2014

    by , 01-15-2014 at 08:28 PM
    Going to try and post more frequently so they aren't epochs..

    Last night's Adult session was another no-show. Mark can't make it for personal reasons and told me there would be someone coming on Tuesday and can I make it. Wonder why we even have this session booked. I spoke with Chris about advertising the Adult session more.

    Shoulder still acting up, but sure I'll be there. I was in the Y around 7pm, in the room by 7:30pm and left at 7:45pm, and was the only one in ...
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  4. 1/14/2014 bouts ~ lesson ~ losses

    by , 01-15-2014 at 07:55 PM
    More work insanity and personal oddness. At times like these, I remember a quote from one of Frank Herbert's Dune books ("God Emperor" maybe?): "Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced."

    Niceish turnout for bouts last night. Worked on my feet mostly. Keeping footwork small and quick. A bit of parry work too, but that just brought home the glaring fact of how much more work there is to be done.
    Noteable bouts: Eric G: Our 3 5s went 0-5, 2-5, 4-5, ...
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  5. Notes 14 Jan 2014 – Being the Bridesmaid

    by , 01-14-2014 at 01:10 PM
    The Y started up on Jan 6th making the 7th the first Adult class. Mark has a conflict and cannot make it so I stop down expecting to be either the only person, or the front desk was correct or someone who wanted to try fencing would meet me. I wait 30 mins doing footwork and no-one shows. Footwork was good though. Worked on 4-6 switch parries with advance, both laterals and counters. Started playing with a 1-2 or 1-3 parry combo for those high attacks the kids fancy. Finished with fast-feet advance ...

    Updated 01-14-2014 at 09:36 PM by jkormann (Feb 8, not Feb 2. Correcting grammar.)

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