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
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
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
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
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.
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