Title has nothing to do with anything--I just needed a title.
Fencing last night in Mannheim. Me and LZ.
Warmed up with some dynamic stretching, followed by my regular static stretching routine. Dynamic stretching turns out to be nothing more than the kind of calisthenic exercises that a couple of my Eastern European coaches have been requiring for years. I find it enjoyable and a good warm up for the static stretches.
Haven't read the research on static
I came to a conclusion today, I don't have much time so this is going to be brief. Good technique does not mean doing thing one way or the 'proper' way, or the way that the champions do it. Good technique means variety, not of only being able to change strokes for tactics but also more simply for being able to change the execution of a fencing action based on what you and your opponent are doing.
Day 1 – Veterans Mixed Epee
There were only 7 competitors this year. That’s sad – down from something like 16 two years ago and 12 last year. I wonder if they will include this event again next year.
I fenced the pools finishing 5th out of 7. My wins/losses were about what I expected them to be. I won one bout on time – I was up 4-1 and my opponent staged a comeback, so leading by only one touché, I burned 2 minutes of time to win the
1. W/blades engaged, M pushes, S pushes back, using fingers only. M releases blade, S cuts head (w/ advance or lunge if needed). Standing, then following distance. Eventually, M cuts flank after S headcut, S parry 3, riposte.
2. Close distance, M taps S's blade, S taps back, in 3 or in 4 (back edge). As above.
3a. S bind 4, feint head w/ advance, cut flank w/lunge.
3b. S bind counter 3, feint flank w/advance, cut head w/lunge.
The headache is gone, although I'm still occasionally seeing those little blobs of light in front of my eyes. Years ago, that used to accompany pain so severe that I couldn't function. Today, fortunately, it's just a little problem that lasts about as long as it takes my eyes to adjust to fluroscent lighting (at the gym).
Today was a lower body workout day and I put in 30 minutes on the ET, did three sets of 25 on sitting leg press and leg extension, and then moved to the weight room