Just a quick entry.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Its always a holiday that makes you think about the people that mean most to you, which can be an interesting experience sometimes.
I'l be making a long post soon about some random coaching related thoughts that I have rolling around in my head, cuz it seems like something... somewhere... is WRONG. But thats as much as I can figure out so far.
...Still working on that...
The kids in my winter fencing group at school are fantastic. I'm going to give them sabres soon. They follow directions, they work hard, and they understand things really well. I played double-advance lunge game with them, and they figured out a number of ways to hit their partners--start as the defender is beginning the advance, use body feints to make their partners think they are going, allow their partners to be lulled into a false sense of security by not going or not making a serious attack,
Despite having done all the things that usually cause my knee to swell, I have no additional swelling today and the swelling I had before Saturday appears to have lessened. [I am basing this upon visual differences and the ability to bend the knee without that tight rubber band feeling and the ability to sit back on my heels without pain. I note, however, that I get the Rice Krispies effect while bending the knee -- snap, crackle, pop!]
I attribute the success to constant icing post-fencing
I am so stoked. This weekend I am finally going to make it to the club. I have the OK. I am going to meet with Scott and measure stuff so I can order my chair. Fortunately we have a spare chair at the club. (not for competition, just a regular wheelchair.)
I hope to get in both epee and foil just to get some of the cramps out and hopefully get some drills I can do at home. I imagine I can lower my target dots and practice hitting them to get some point control.
1a. M: extends. S: bind 4, cut wrist, cut head with advance.
1b. M: extends. S: bind counter 3, cut wrist, cut head with advance.
Eventually, w/double advance (bind, cut wrist advance, cut head advance), or advance-lunge, or advance, pursuing footwork, deceive parry to end....
1c. M advances, extends; S: beat 4, cut wrist, cut head.
1d. M advances, extends; S: counter-beat 3, cut wrist, cut head.
The symmetry is intentional.