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  1. Notes 6 Feb 2015 – The new girl and progress on drills

    Running the two-hour sessions at the Y Club (Sunday afternoons) as 15-mins warm-up and gathering, 10-min drill without gear on, 30-min lesson / drill with gear, 30-mins of free-fencing and a 20-30 min game are paying off. There seems to be less of the kids sitting around and chatting, prompting Mark or I to motivate them to fence.

    Both the Y and Univ lesson / drill was about lines. Talked through the 4/6/7/8 areas around the bell guard, then had them practice attacking into each of ...
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  2. Adding injury to insult

    Vet night tonight. Lioness working on attacking more, giving me a chance to work on parry-riposte (which looked a lot worse today than it did last week--now that I see what it's supposed to look like, I'm probably making it too big).

    Saber coach was trying on a new uniform, and for some reason, wanted to fence the epees. So I was glad to give her a coupla bouts. Then my teen decided to get in on the action. I'd already fenced five 15-touch bouts plus the bladework from practice, ...
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  3. Graduation

    Vet epee at Wyncote yesterday. Didn't think the tournament was going to come off since as of Wednesday there were only two registered, but it blew up to six, leaving me to request excused absence from the teen figure skater's all-county band concert (she granted it).

    Good practice Thursday and Friday. I'm starting to know what my parry ought to look like, even if I can't replicate it all that often. But I also had a minor revelation about big-picture tactics. Used it to blank ...
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  4. First tournament back after a long injury break

    The bad news is that I fenced several very (tactically) poor bouts and lost a lot of touches on some technical errors. The good news is that my injury didn't bother me. The better news is that I finally got all of my weapons working again, including my old epees. (Thanks, Liz!) Of course, I'm trying to avoid fencing too much epee for now because I know what happens when I start fencing epee. "If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will." ...
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  5. Off strip

    Not much practice the past month between the holidays, coach being out, family commitments, and my being sick. But I had some good non-practice activity. First I successfully rewired an epee from start to finish. It was a club weapon so there was really no big deal if it wasn’t perfect, but by the time I was done, it really came out well. The only thing I might have done differently was to not leave the wires quite so long before putting on the spaghetti and connecting them.

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