Thursday, September 3, 2009
( I have always been told that there is nothing more sexy than a man doing dishes. You don't think I am being "played" do you?)
I am not fencing very well of late.
Editors Note: By that statement, I am of course referring to the limitations of my own ability.
It is most likely due to several things. I am also wondering if age is catching up with me. One of the many things that is wrong is that I catch myself standing still on strip. I am also very tired of late. I do not know what that is all about. Another may be that I am just not getting enough bouting in.
But what kind of bouting?
I see myself as a " D and Under " kind of fencer. Once in a while,I luck up and do okay in higher level tournaments.
Here is a question I ask myself of late. Is it better to fence "A and B" fencers and mostly be their target or to look for practice partners that are just a bit beyond your ability.
I have come to the conclusion that I am just not smart enough to figure out what a good "A" fencer is doing on my own. By that I mean that I almost never come away from a practice bout with something new to work on, or that I can try and emulate.
You Would Think This Would Be A Small Problem
I want a target at my home. Not a tennis ball hanging sort of thing, but a strong stationary target.
I have decided that it would be good for me to work on some basics. I am not happy with my lunge and I feel that I need to work on adding a couple of odd things to muscle memory.
If I had this target at home I would shoot for 5 good actions of the following every day:
A. 4 Infighting actions
B. From extension distance
C. 2 actions that there are not names for in fencing.
C, Advance lunge
Doing this would not take very long and I do not see how it could do anything but be of benefit.
The problem is where to do I put such a target.
In the house? I don't think that will fly.
On a tree? I would feel funny with the neighbors watching.
The deck seems the best choice, but I just had it rebuilt. I need a way to mount something that will take a hit, but could be taken down without showing that it was there.
I need to give this some more thought.