VETS Check-In

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  1. sme321

    sme321 Rookie

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    I'm just curious who We Vets actually are ...... Age Group; Gender; Location; Weapons Fenced; Fencing Experience; Etc.

    As for me: 55+; Male; California; Epee; Introduced to Fencing in college during the mid-80's, then drifted away as career took priority. Started again in 2006, did a little competing, and stopped again in 2010 when minor physical issues began to affect my work. Started again a year and a half ago when I retired, and have competed a few times. Great fun and source and motivation to stay fit.
     
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  2. jkormann

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    Yo.
     
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  3. Mac A. Bee

    Mac A. Bee Podium

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    Began in seventh grade. Fenced all three over the years, though compete mostly in foil these days. Armourer and ref.
     
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  4. Black Widow

    Black Widow Made the Cut

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    60. Female. Sabre, New Jersey. Competed in several sports as an adult, and enjoyed a semester fencing at the local community program about 20 years ago. Six years ago when I had to sell my horse I remembered how much I liked fencing and joined a local club. Started competing last year.
     
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  5. keropie

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    Male, 40, primarily foil, NC. Started when I was 12, as a hobby. Fenced in high school and college, assistant coach at the university for a while. Fence some saber, and some REALLY bad epee on occasion, mostly foil. Took a 10+ year break when the timing changed, and I still think the timing change made for worse foil (and saber, honestly, though at least that timing change has been mitigated somewhat).

    Starting competing in Veteran events this year (foil only); one good weekend, one bad weekend, but still having fun.
     
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  6. Privateer

    Privateer DE Bracket

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    V40MF, Southern California. Started fencing when I couldn't bring myself to play roller hockey any more.
    My experience is frustratingly long enough that I should be better than I am. I can't seem to peak at the right times to maximize my competitive schedule.
     
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  7. Downtown

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    V60ME Started at age 51. 65 now. It has been a "rough row to hoe', but is still my passion.
     
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  8. mpego1

    mpego1 Rookie

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    Male 56 - Prefer Sabre, but will fence some Epee & Foil, but may only compete in Sabre anymore - started in Essex Catholic in Newark N.J. back in 1976 in my junior year, started foil, was drafted to Sabre team and one of my bigger regrets in life was not starting as a freshman because I could not find the nerve and answer the call. Love Sabre, respect Epee and Foil kicks my ass, because I don't understand ROW well enough and have difficulty coming up with deep 2nd & 3rd intention tactics for Foil - that weapon is a bitch. Knees are hurting from the pounding of the jumping and lunging in Sabre, but am unwilling to quit...its just too much fun! Currently fence in Dunedin recreation center on Thursday nights in Florida, and am hoping to get back into some local competitions again if work and health allow.
     
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  9. mpego1

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    Ho...a fencers life for me...;-)
     
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  10. Strytllr

    Strytllr Made the Cut

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    42 in St. Louis. I fence primarily foil and epee. too many chronic injuries on my right arm to adequately fence decent saber anymore. I started fencing at 18 in college, loved it ever since. Started my own club called Buccaneer Blades Fencing 10 years ago to introduce mid-western suburbanites to the sport. :) That's actually going quite well. But I don't get to compete as much anymore because of that.
     
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