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
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
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,
I am supposed to be taking time off to recuperate and give the tendonitis a chance to heal. So today:
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
If every day "off" is like this, I will be exhausted
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,