For more information on the distance terminology I'm using and what I'm looking for in this bout, refer to my guide on watching YouTube fencing. Video credit and image captures goes to Andrew "CyrusOfChaos" Fischl. The 2015 Fencing year kicked off with the Salt Lake City, Utah NAC, which pit Olympic Training Center (OTC) residents Jimmy Moody and Adam Maczik into the gold … [Read more...] about Breaking Down the Film: Adam Maczik vs. Jimmy Moody (DIME Gold Medal Bout, 2015 SLC NAC)
Epee 2.0 was a groundbreaking epee work. Damien reviews the updated version, Epee 2.5 which includes additional commentary from top level epee fencers.
I never fenced Johann Harmenberg. He had retired from fencing long before I was born. I did however, have the pleasure of fencing his son Karl during my college days, when Brandeis competed against Harvard a few times a year (is that Beanpot Victory still giving you nightmares, Peter Brand?) Time and time again, Karl was one of the most difficult bouts. He moved his hand and … [Read more...] about Epee 2.5 Review
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, and referee to fencer. At some point in his/her career, every fencer has … [Read more...] about The Unwritten Contract of the Piste: What Referees and Fencers Expect from One Another
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, I hope to address how an athlete may approach … [Read more...] about The Longest Minute: Using the One Minute Break to Envision Victory
Last week, I briefly touched on the importance of YouTube and how watching it religiously could make tangible improvements to your fencing career. I wrote: “YouTube is such a valuable asset to your training and preparation for a tournament. The upcoming 2014 World Championships in Kazan will be streamed live on the FIE’s YouTube Channel, and should be viewed by every fencer … [Read more...] about How to Watch Fencing on YouTube: a Basic Guide