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  1. A Damned good lesson and more uncomfortableness

    by , 09-26-2014 at 10:04 AM
    There were only two of us at class last night and afterwards I had my private lesson. So last night was like having 3hrs of private lessons does it really get any better than that? Nope it does not. We worked and reworked on so many things but it all came down to footwork. We hear it, we repeat it and we even sometimes believe it footwork is the key. So the formula is: Simple blade work + good footwork = winning

    As the night went on there was bouting and of course came the exercise ...
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  2. Trying to teach

    by , 09-25-2014 at 03:06 PM
    It looks as if I am going to start teaching a beginner's class here soon. It is still in the developmental phase, but my coach asked if I was interested.

    I have to say, (and my coach knows this, which may be why he asked me if I was interested) I had been getting ready to test for my Moniteur. I have always been of the opinion that I am a competitor, and really don't feel like I know enough to coach, I still have too much to learn. However, I don't think of teaching a beginner ...
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  3. Trying to improve my game, but stepping back in results

    by , 09-23-2014 at 02:56 PM
    Over the past two years, I have had (for me) some very positive results. I have attributed this to two specific items, lots of training/strip time with great fencers, and an improved mental game. The first is pretty self explanitory, the second, was the lightbulb comming on that intensity can sometimes be a roadblock. My desire to get a positive result led to my making poor decisions during bouts, resulting in less than positive finishes at tournaments. Over the past two years, my mental game ...
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  4. Margins

    by , 09-23-2014 at 11:50 AM
    Though it wasn't on the training syllabus, last week presented a lesson in intensity. Friday night with the Swarthmore kids again. Some concern about my knees (patellar tendinitis?) and a sprained finger took the edge off my intensity from last week. The bout with their WE captain typified it perfectly. Double touch, double touch, double touch, her touch, my touch, 4-4, her touch. I didn't fence badly, but lacked the extra zing from last week that was turning those two-light touches into one-light. ...
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  5. That uncomfortable place

    by , 09-19-2014 at 12:05 AM
    Tonight's was hard not physically but emotionally hard. I talked to my coach again about my performance at DVFC(the goo, the bad, the ugly). So today we worked on my mind, which means we did a drill where I could only attack, then a drill where I can only parry riposte, then we did a drill where it was an 8 touché bout and I was down by 4. Now this is where things get interesting from and this is where things get interesting. First I had to get myself in the mind set that I was down 4-0 I had to ...
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