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  1. awards assembly

    by , 02-23-2007 at 05:13 PM
    Well, that's over. We had the awards assembly this afternoon, and after Remi's speech I handed out the plaques for sportsmanship, most improved, and coach's award. I hate giving only three awards when so many kids deserve them. Anyway, I think Max, Grayson, and Remi were very pleased. It was funny, when I was leading up to the sportsmanship award Gerard H., who was sitting behind Brayson and isn't even a fencer, was making exaggerated pointing gestures to the back of Grayson's head as if nominating ...
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  2. “Eyes Open”, not “Seduced by the Blade”

    by , 02-23-2007 at 01:01 PM
    My recent efforts at improving my game have centered on fencing “eyes open”. That is, as I develop an action, I do so with a loose plan in mind, but keep an eye on my opponent to see if they are departing from my script. In fact, the script that I develop for any given action is no longer linear. I have a plan A, a plan B, and often a plan C. The plan can branch off into an alternate plan at any given time that my opponent throws an action at me that was not a part of the original plan. ...
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  3. Permitted activities

    by , 02-22-2007 at 09:46 PM
    I went to the doctor for the follow-up on yesterday's cataract surgery on my right eye. He said I was healing nicely and could stop using the eye shield at night, and that I can shower and resume my normal activities if I like.

    "Can I get hit on the head?" I asked and he laughed, because he knows I was referred to him by my friend Joel Spielberg, a fellow veteran fencer and member of the US team in veteran epee.

    "Only if you wear one of those things," he said, scooping ...
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  4. Remi's speech

    by , 02-20-2007 at 02:30 PM
    This is Remi's speech for Awards Day (Friday), which he e-mailed to me over the break.================================

    Hey, as most of you know, my name is Remi ----, and I am captain of the fencing team. First, I would like all fencers to stand and salute the audience. Fencing is not just what you seen in the movies. It is not the hacking with two-handed swords. Sabre, the type of fencing Dr. T has been teaching us, is actually the controlled, respectful, and contained slashing with ...
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  5. Kicking butt

    by , 02-20-2007 at 12:37 PM
    No, I'm not back on the piste yet.

    However, my knee has improved to the point where I can literally... well... after 5 minutes of exercise to loosen it up... kick butt. My butt, to be exact.

    I can now stand up, put my right hand against the wall to keep from falling over, and pull my left foot up until I touch my butt.

    This is a hopeful sign.

    I'm taking it slow, staying off the strip, and focusing on spending 1-3 hours a day (during and after ...
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