Unless you’re a member of the Mo, Sirico, Simmons, or Horowitz families, chances are, you’re scratching your heads wondering “what went wrong and what could have gone better at summer nationals?” I know I am. Whether it was my subpar conditioning that couldn’t get me through Division III Saber or the fact that Division I Epee had too many freakishly fast teenagers, I know that … [Read more...] about Hitting the Reset Button and Moving Forward After Summer Nationals
At the recent Plovdiv Cadet World Championships, Los Angeles International Fencing Center's (LAIFC) Justin Yoo lost a heartbreaking 15-14 priority bout for the Gold medal to Hungary's Patrik Esztergályos. During the bout, the FIE managed to capture a photo of a beautiful flèche from Yoo that highlighted the qualities of a perfect flèche. These qualities include: The … [Read more...] about The Anatomy of a Perfect Flèche Attack
First and foremost, congratulations to 143/144 who qualified for NCAA championships. It’s a tough field every year, and the act of qualifying is a monumental accomplishment in itself. Doing these predictions is never easy, and so I've brought in my pals Hannah Provenza and Graham Wicas to help me predict the field! For those unaware of the format, the tournament is divided … [Read more...] about Predicting the 2014 NCAA Fencing Championship Field
Max Heinzer is a global fencing phenom, currently ranked fourth in the world. Adversity seems to be the fuel of Max Heinzer. Whether he is down on an opponent, hobbled with injury, or weary from his intensive training regimen, Max’s love of fencing, resilience, and relentless determination to be the best drives him through any hardship.
Thank you to my good friend Victor Malone who translated Max's questions from German, and to Leland Guillemin and the reddit community for providing input into the interview. Don’t put your guard down if you have a lead against Max Heinzer. It’s an opportunity he’ll seize with pleasure. Don’t think there’s any area of target on your body that’s immune to the deceptive, … [Read more...] about An Interview with Max Heinzer
“I don't care about age very much. I think back to the old people I knew when I was growing up, and they always seemed larger than life.” -Chinua Achebe As a rite of passage to fencing success, a fencer is likely to be subjected to multiple beatings at the hands of a veteran fencer. Growing up in Florida, I had the privilege to train with fencing master Jim Campoli, a man who … [Read more...] about An Ode to Veteran Fencers