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  1. Busy Wednesday night

    by , 02-28-2007 at 09:01 PM
    One of the kids from school, Kumar, has been nagging me to show up on Wednesday so he can fence me, so I managed to motivate myself to get out there - and Kumar didn't show up! However, there were plenty of people there to fence. I fenced DJ, Chris, MK, AL, Shannon, Shai, and Tal. Haven't fenced Tal for at least five years! He obviously hasn't been fencing much either, because he was a little stiff.

    I had my lesson with AL tonight before I fenced, because Monday night he was booked ...
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  2. Memories...

    by , 02-27-2007 at 05:48 AM (My training log)
    Of my lesson two weeks ago with Alex.

    Because it was important and I need to write it down:

    S: beat-extends-advances. (So wrong for a sabre fencer, but so important). M may:

    o stand still (S ends attack with lunge),
    o retreat (S pursues and ends attack),
    o take a parry (S deceives and ends attack with lunge)
    o retreat and take a parry (figure it out yet?)
    o cut in (S ends attack-you beat, you rule, right?)

    I had a CRAP ...
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  3. slow Monday night

    by , 02-26-2007 at 08:49 PM
    It wasn't as slow as LAST Monday, mind you. It was CR, Jessie M, Jessie2, and Leanne. CR was fencing terribly because they had been doing nondominant work. I don't think it's all that good for adults to fence non-dominant. At least it's not for me. It's annoying, mostly, and it messes up my dominant-hand fencing. The thread on concentration reminded me of the benefits of a relatively narrow focus for the older fencer. Practice, lessons, bouting, and tournaments should be specific and should ...
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  4. Epee Tournament Friday Night

    by , 02-25-2007 at 02:26 PM
    I went to an epee tournament Friday night. The tournament attracted 26 fencers, 5 of them with D or E ratings. I started off very strong, winning my first three pool bouts by a wide margin of victory. For my fourth bout I met a woman who was clearly experienced. I had seen her defeat her other opponents with a binding fleche. I decided to take that out of her repertoire by taking the attack to her. Indeed, she did not fleche me once, but she still beat me 5-2. The 3-1 pool-bout finish and my +8 ...
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  5. Directing Words

    by , 02-23-2007 at 11:30 PM
    I have forgotten most of the words that Derek Cotton said to use while directing.

    As I recall, he said that one mistake many of us make is using too many words and thus giving the fencers an opportunity to complain. Keep it simple.

    Attack arrived.
    Beat attack arrived.
    Attack - parry - riposte

    But what were some of the others? I've forgotten.

    I referreed at a small (7 fencers) local competition today and once again, I found myself ...
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