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  1. 2014-08-29 Notes from Gary Copeland Clinic

    by , 08-29-2014 at 05:05 PM
    Attended a coaching clinic at DVFC with Gary Copeland. Nicest guy and open for any question on any topic. His responses were more entertaining than the answers. I would happily take lessons from him again. Allen and his wife Jill were assisting and correcting the coaches - I needed help in slowing down my tempo and giving the correct cues to the student.

    Gary's lesson on Saturday and the first half of Sunday was on the German (Beck) system for Epee and Foil. I've heard of the Beck ...
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  2. Aruba

    by , 08-29-2014 at 06:40 AM
    Aruba was magical for me and I'm not referring to the island itself. Yes, the island was beautiful but I went for the fencing and please don't laugh when you read that. Yes, it seemed a weak event... until you remember that I'm in Indiana and thus don't have access to much saber fencing outside my club. We drive at least 3 hours for any saber event that has participants outside our usual group and then I'm fencing mixed. The cost of Aruba was really outside my budget but sometimes I do stupid ...
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  3. On to the next season....Does the madness never end? (That is a sarcastic comment)

    by , 08-27-2014 at 10:03 AM
    So the past couple of months have been rather 'intense' for my fencing to say the least. I am ashamed to say that the rest of the things in my life have taken a 'back seat' to my fencing since about three weeks before S/N, when I started my 'tournament prep'. After that, it turned into another month or so of 'tournament prep', in getting ready for Pan Am. Overall, the 2014 season was pretty good for me. I moved home from DC to San Diego (don't get me wrong, the fencing in DC was awesome, and ...
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  4. Pain medications

    by , 08-26-2014 at 11:32 PM
    Discussion with the figure skater at cocktail hour (which happens nightly, once the teenage fencer and the teenage figure skater are in bed)...

    Fencer/hockey ref: Are we on the last of the ibuprofen? There's a buy one-get one free deal on the monster-size bottles this week.

    Figure skater: Yes. I thought I told you some time ago.

    Fencer/hockey ref: Just wanted to make sure.

    Figure skater: You should know—you use it too.

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  5. Pan Am Championships

    by , 08-25-2014 at 10:47 AM
    Well, I have returned from the Pan Am Championships. I had a great time fencing in my first international competition. For those that followed my blog posts, I trained very hard in hopes of realizing a long term goal. Despite not winning the gold, I was very satisfied with my silver. I would like to thank all of my friends and family that have provided such great encouragement and support. The trip was pretty neat. Logistically, everything went just fine. I had no idea what to expect for ...
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