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  1. Notes 12 Dec 2014 - The "F word"

    by , 12-12-2014 at 09:21 PM
    Interesting setup in the Fencing I class of four students. One is a very athletic, younger fencer who’s apt to not pay attention but wants to move. He’s got a great parry, a lacking riposte, and a good sense of distance. If he hangs in there, he’s going to be tough to beat.

    We’re playing Goblin King. He’s the Challenger (1 life) while the GK has both lives. I’m reffing, and say “on-guard, ready and” then Gifted comes in with a great beat-attack. I call Halt! to stop. Stern look at ...
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  2. Fencing Break Day #2

    by , 12-11-2014 at 10:03 PM
    Work, followed by exercise at the local wellness center.

    60+ minutes on the stationary bike
    Into the weight room for some shoulder exercises
    Using bungee cord tied to stand
    Stand to left and pull from right to left 15 times; turn and
    Stand to right and pull from left to right 15 times
    Using 4 lb weight
    Raise to side shoulder high and down 15 times
    Raise above my head, straight up, 15 times
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  3. Post-mortem

    by , 12-10-2014 at 10:30 PM
    E and under epee 12/7

    Some days just don’t go well. I fenced my good bouts against the fencers I had little chance of beating, and the not-so-good bouts in winnable situations. There were only a couple of bouts where I felt I had control of distance and tempo, which is something I need to have.

    First bout, against the other lefty, who I beat 5-4 in the summer, I started with a nice change of line and landed a solid touch that didn’t register. I called for a test, ...
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  4. Fencing Break Day #1

    by , 12-10-2014 at 09:54 PM
    I am supposed to be taking time off to recuperate and give the tendonitis a chance to heal. So today:

    Work.
    Dentist appointment.
    Physical Therapy.
    40 minutes on the stationary bike at the gym
    1 hour Pilate Reformer class at the gym
    20 minutes in the hot tub doing leg squat and elbow exercises at the gym
    15 minutes icing the elbow with a cryocuff
    Grocery store
    Home

    If every day "off" is like this, I will be exhausted ...
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  5. Notes 10 Dec 2014 : Hearing Echos

    by , 12-10-2014 at 12:44 PM
    There’s the saying, that over time, and with kids, you’ll start to hear your parent’s words come out of your mouth. That happened last night.

    One of our competitive fencers stopped by the Tuesday night session for some warm-ups before the Junior Olympic qualifiers this weekend. He asked me to work with him.

    While we did distance and timing drills, I started to hear words from BCAF coaches come from my lips. “Finish your attack.”, “Stop jabbing.”, and everyone’s favorite, ...
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