The other day, I was fencing at a tournament at the Maryland Fencing Club, and noticed that the salle’s head coach, Greg Paye had placed the Desiderata displayed on his wall. As I waited to be called for my direct elimination matches, I read through the Desiderata a few times, soaking in the words and appreciating their applicability both to fencing and to life. Perusing the … [Read more...] about The Fencing Coach Code of Honor
This weekend I faced a teaching moment that came from an unlikely place. My sons were all taking turns at a video game. My oldest was playing his turn and was behind by two scores with the clock winding down. His younger brother commented (a couple of times) “you're going to lose”. It wasn't said in that sarcastic sing-song “nyah nyah” voice that kids sometimes use – it … [Read more...] about You Know You’re Going to Lose
Having a “hot hand”, going on a run, being “on fire”. Across all sports there are examples where an athlete seems to suddenly be unstoppable – hitting every action, or nailing every shot from the field. The idea of the “hot hand” in sports is something widely believed, but there has not been any scientific or statistical proof to back it up.
Having a "hot hand", going on a run, being "on fire". Across all sports there are examples where an athlete seems to suddenly be unstoppable - hitting every action, or nailing every shot from the field. The idea of the "hot hand" in sports is something widely believed, but there has not been any scientific or statistical proof to back it up. Yale researchers have published … [Read more...] about Yale Researchers affirm the Hot Hand in Sports
A new sport psychology video has been released that discusses the necessary psychological shifts between the analytical and intuitive (or active) mindsets during a fencing bout. Discussion points are led by Dr. John Heil with additional input from 2 time Olympian Jason Rogers. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZfYPLWQqmQ Discuss this video in the forums. … [Read more...] about Zen Warrior – Chess Master: Video
"We insist on giving our best effort in everything we undertake. Furthermore, we see a huge difference between "good mistakes" (best effort, bad result) and "bad mistakes" (sloppiness or lack of effort.)" That was one of the Core Values & Beliefs for an Internet startup (MindSpring). The mindset there - work hard, solve problems, get stuff done - fit nicely with me. … [Read more...] about The Effort Effect