VETS Check-In

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  1. tbryan

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    Men, Vet 40s. Focusing on foil for now, but I still pick up an epee sometimes. To saber, I go not. Joined a fencing class in 1991 through the local park district. Started competing foil in 1992. I have 15 - 20 years of experience since then. I fenced off-and-on during college and then a couple of 3- to 5-year breaks with no fencing at all after I graduated. I've done some assistant coaching. I referee from time to time but rarely nationally.

    I returned from my most recent hiatus about 5 years ago. I'm currently just focused on competing, but I've been mostly not competing since April 2017 because of work. I am currently fencing with Mid-South Fencers in North Carolina.

    I've been posting to f.net for quite some time, too. :)
     
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  2. AndrewCotlar

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    50-year old primarily foil (C rated) but also epee occasionally. Started at 13 under Mark Holbrow, Bucks County Academy of Fencing. Fenced at Vassar College, went to grad school in Wisconsin, fenced regionally, gave up grad school, married, went to grad school again and continued to fence, enjoyed the primarily adult league in DC as a lawyer and fencer, lived minutes from Virginia Academy of Fencing. Moved back to Philly region and still fenced but now with the geezers league of gentlefolk. Splitting my time among numerous clubs to get diverse fencing in. Sticking mostly to Vet tourneys now. Totally addicted to this sport, as my loving and tolerant spouse can attest. I have two teens now, one of whom also fences, which warms the cockles of my heart.
     
  3. damianip

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    60 year old male. Been fencing 20 years this time around. Almost always epee, however, recent improvements in health and conditioning might compel me to pick up a saber (just for fun, but it was my first weapon, long, long ago) Also referee, coach and armorer. In PA just over the river from NJ.
     
  4. Foxbat

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    Kids... (Sigh...)
     
  5. Inquartata

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    :eek:
     
  6. Nakita

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    Started fencing 2014 at age 49.
    I wanted to fence since I went to French camp in the 80's.
    But there wasn't really anyplace to do it where I lived.
     
  7. jjefferies

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    Seem to have weird problems with posts getting lost. VET70 men's epee. Where I grew up, west Tennessee, fencing consisted of wire and wooden posts. Started fencing foil at age 54. Soon switched to epee and the dark side. Didn't really start competing until my 60's. Made the VET world team 5 times so far in epee, twice in my 60's and 3 times in my 70's. Highest win was a 3rd place in Debrecen, Hungry in 2014 which made me #1 in the US for the rest of that year. In 2016 I won an "A" classification which at the time made me the oldest "A" in men's epee (I believe). Last couple of years I've been fighting age discrimination ;) in the national team selection process. This year it was a combination of stupid errors, failing to call for my blade to be tested before accepting a loss at the Dec NAC and then losing track of the points in April NAC. I attended coaches college a couple of times and worked as a developmental coach at UC Berkeley for, I say 6 years and they acknowledge 4. So whats a couple of years. Served as Division chair in Northern Calif for several years and more recently was executive director for The Fencing Center in San Jose. At the moment I'm expanding my interests in VET fencing to include coaching specific issues. Truthfully (aren't we all telling the truth here) I'd rather be a competitor than a coach but hope to stay associated with the game as long as I can. Some of my posts are in support of my interests in seeing VET fencing grow.
     
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  8. Mac A. Bee

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    Same for me vis-a-vis reffing.
     
  9. Dave Harman

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    Keropie, What are of NC are you located in? I am down in the Charlotte area. looking to getting into the Sport soon. Little long in the tooth but have always wanted to try this. Any advice on Coaches and Academies in this area I would love to hear it. Thanks D
     
  10. keropie

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    I'm in Chapel Hill, so a little bit of a drive. Any idea what weapon you are interested in? That would help me suggest a coach...
     
  11. tbryan

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    In Charlotte, I'd recommend checking out http://www.charlottefencing.com/. I know that they have experience with fencers who started fencing late in life. They offer foil and epee, but their epee group is much larger / stronger.
     
  12. Dave Harman

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    Keropie. I am so new, I have no idea what I am interested in. Nice to know though, you are close so I can ask for advice. I am thinking Epee might be the way to go, as right of way Is bit confusing. I have to be honest on how time I have to learn. So right now I am trying to get into good enough condition that I don't have to have oxygen to finish a lesson. I am presuming a coach will help with weapon choice. I will contact Charlotte Fencing and see what they think. Thanks much

    DC
     
  13. Dave Harman

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    Thanks tbryon reaching out to them tomorrow.
     
  14. keropie

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    Agreed with Charlotte Fencing. Very reasonable place for epee or foil. Of course, epee is silly, but to each their own ;)
     
  15. Dave Harman

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    0k HaHA you got me. Why is EPEE silly. This is what I was wondering about. Smacking some one on the Toe sounded a little funny to me.

    DC
     
  16. tbryan

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    keropie is a foil fencer. In the original post to which you replied, he said, "Fence some saber, and some REALLY bad epee on occasion, mostly foil." Of course he thinks that epee is silly. :rolleyes:

    Feel free to try all 3 weapons, but it's fine to start with epee, and epee makes a lot of sense if you're starting at Charlotte Fencing.
     
  17. keropie

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    As tbryan said, I'm testing about epee. Truthfully, I like RoW, and am very used to it, so fencing without is weird to me.

    But try all three, if you can, and see what makes sense to you/what you enjoy.
     
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    I second the suggestion that epee is silly. ( I show great restraint in not substituting a stronger adjective. ) :)
     
  19. Grey Sabreur

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    Yes - epee is silly, foil is sillier, and sabre is the silliest............
     
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  20. wwittman

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    I'm a 66 yr old... I was an AFLA foil A when I stopped fencing in about 1977.

    I'm only now just toying with getting back into fencing, and trying to decide if I can come to grips with both my level of fitness (which I thought was pretty good until I spent a night fencing!) and with the possibility of not being that good anymore.

    It's difficult to do something casually that one used to do competitively.
     
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