I am exploring one of the physiological areas of fencing for a while. ( At least until I come to some sort of conclusion.) Note: A conclusion is when you get tired of thinking about something.
In epee bouts last Friday, I became aware of how confidence and concentration effected them.
I fenced a kid, that I can easily beat. I had no focus or concentration in the match. The score was close and I was working on toe shots. ( I am poor at those and it seemed sporting.) It went la belle. He won. ( I must make a mental note to crush him next week, so he does not get the big head.) Lack of focus and concentration on my part.
I fenced another kid, who has been beating me for a long time. ( Though I have beat him our last four bouts.) My concentration and focus were total. I won.
I believe that I can only hold that level of concentration and focus for a certain amount of time. Can it be lengthened by practice, like running increases endurance?
There can be NO emotion in it. It has been my experience that when you are trying to beat some SOB that desperately deserves it, that type of concentration is counter productive.
How can I crank up the focus when it is a club match and unimportant to me? What can I do to turn it up at tournaments? Did I just imagine the impact of this in my Friday night bout?
I need to explore this for a while.