The Unwritten Contract of the Piste: What Referees and Fencers Expect from One Another

Shin A. Lam (right), the embodiment of what happens when a referee fails to live up to expectations. Image courtesy of Wikimedia.

When a bout transpires, there is a certain decorum that a fencer expects from the referee, and vice versa, what a referee expects from a fencer in order for the bout to be held in a safe, fair, and fun manner—while honoring Fencing’s values of honor and respect from fencer to fencer, fencer to referee, […]

Kamara James

I received a note that 2004 Olympian Kamara James passed away recently. Eric Rosenberg wrote this piece to honor her memory. Please excuse the formatting as I haven’t had time to look for photos or other references. ***************** It is with deep sadness that I inform the fencing community of the untimely passing of Kamara […]

TBT: Dan Kellner powers past Germany – Athens 2004

Dan Kellner at the 2004 Olympics

In 2004, the US Men’s Foil team of Dan Kellner, Jon Tiomkin, Jed Dupree, and reserve Gregory Chang knocked off #2 seed Germany in the quarter-finals of the Olympics and ended up placing 4th. Their 4th place finish was the best for a US Men’s Foil team since the 1950s and sparked the USA’s climb to […]

The Longest Minute: Using the One Minute Break to Envision Victory


In a previous post, I suggested ideas for how a coach may properly utilize the one minute break to refocus his/her fencer and provide tactical recommendations to either turn the tables or maintain a lead. At the recommendation of my colleagues at The Fencing Coach: Leland “The Dark Lord of Canada” Guillemin, and Hannah Provenza, […]

Olympic Rewind: Aron Szilagyi watches his London 2012 Gold Medal Bout

Diego Occhiuzzi (ITA), Aron Szilagyi (HUN), and Nikolay Kovalev (RUS) on the medal stand.

Olympic Gold Medalist Aron Szilgyi (HUN) watches his final bout from the London Olympics and talks through his tactics and approach to the bout.

Challenge Gretsch 2014 – Junior Men’s Epee World Cup

Luxembourg Junior Mens Epee World Cup

The Junior Men’s Epee World Cup Circuit kicks off at the Centre National Sportif et Culturel un Luxembourg on Saturday, Sept 20th. The event will also be the FIE debut of FencingTime as the tournament software – and FencingTime founder Dan Berke will be in attendance. The event features several of the top Juniors in the […]

Learn How to Become an International Referee

Derek Cotton

Join USA Fencing FOC member and former FIE Arbitrage Commissioner Derek Cotton as he discusses the path that American officials can take to becoming an international referee. The session is available to all American fencing officials, and will offer the opportunity for a town-hall style question session after the presentation.

Fencing Flash Mobs this Sunday

fencingmob - the fencing flash mob

This weekend the largest organized fencing flashmob will be staged as clubs worldwide are taking to their town squares or similar places on Sunday, September 7th to engage in a Fencing Flash Mob. The Italian Fencing Federation is launching #fencingmob, a worldwide flash mob on Sunday, September 7. Fencing clubs in Italy and around the […]

Fencing Time Tournament Software Achieves FIE Approval

Fencing Time Celebration

We received news this week that the software Fencing Time has achieved FIE approval to be used at World Cup events! This marks a great milestone for Fencing Time and Dan Berke who has worked for years on this fencing tournament software to get it to the point where it is trusted to be used […]

Making the call – Attacks in Foil

fencing referee hand signal for on guard or en garde

This particular call is hard. It further demonstrates the danger of only watching one fencer and looking for a mistake.

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