Saturday, March 20, 2010

More on Action V.S. Reaction and the Time ItTakes

This is my journal. Sometimes it is not about thoughts, but more a fencing notebook.

So ignore this entry.

1. Slow small for weapon in 4 or engage in 4. (Other actions work beside engagement, but for the notes this will do.)

2.Wait for opponents disengage.......lateral 6 parry/take (just move it out of the way!)....keep it high.

3.Depends on distance....large advance/lunge/fleche.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Gray Sabreist

Below is a message from my Canadian fencing coach friend on my Facebook account.

"Jim attended Saber Fencing for Foil (and Epee) Fencers."

Jim's Canadian Fencing Coach Friend: "I had to look what this was about, as it SOUNDED in my brain-fog-before-my-cup-of-tea-state, that the sabre fencers were holding a benefit tournament for those poor dears who can only strike with the tip of the blade."

Sadly, it was not a benefit. I went to a class at Mid-South Fencing for "Saber Fencing for Foil (and Epee) Fencers". It was a great class, and I would recommend it to anyone that fits the bill. It was certainly everything I needed.

I think I did okay, except for my tendency to retreat and counter. Somethings are just too implanted in me. I may have picked up a thing or two that I can add to my epee game. I also got in some fencing, without competing. I think I needed this, as I have been fencing so poorly of late. I needed a positive experience.

Stephen is a great coach/instructor, and I learned some new games to take back to the Greensboro kids. I think he needs to design a program called, "Epee Fencing for Sabre Fencers". He is in a target rich environment.

Unfortunately, I used my time and money up on Saturday and will miss the CFA tournament today. I think this is just as well, as again, I think I need a little break from competition.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Starting to Understand

I Understand Now

Last night, Tommy worked with me on second intention actions coupled with distance. I have always avoided these as I think my speed may be diminishing, and I am not sure I am fast enough to do them anymore. I now "get" that by using correct distance, I don't need to be that fast.

The lesson involved doing a press. I don't fence many people that are going to actually allow me to engage their weapon, but I now understand the principle. This is like a rough sketch in my mind before starting a painting. There is a lot of detail to be added, and I will need to find several ways to do this other than the press. I now have a better understanding about the time it takes to react versus the time it takes to do an action.

I hope I can put this to use. I need something that will make me happy with my fencing again.

Sabre For the Non-Sabre Fencer

This weekend I am attending part of a "Sabre For the Non-Sabre Fencer" class at Mid South Fencing Club in Durham, NC.

I am going for a number of reasons. One is that I just do not know very much about sabre. In my fencing journey, I need to at least take a peek down that path from time to time. Another reason is I sometimes teach a four week Intro Class at the Greensboro club. Generally, when I hit the class for sabre, I just do epee twice or find someone that knows a bit about sabre to teach the new students. I most likely would continue to handle this that way, but I need to know something more than the tiny bit I know about this weapon. The third reason is you never know what you might learn that can be adapted to epee.


I did not do well at Divisionals. My fencing has been very poor of late. I like to think that the problem is mostly mental. Time will tell.

My girls did well though.

Disclaimer: One of the "girls" I am referring to is actually a woman. People that think in a politically correct mode would be upset with me using this term. However, there is a sub class of Southern women who are insulted if you DON'T refer to them as a girl.

I watched one of them win, just as she expected to do. I watched one get her confidence back after her win. But my favorite was our tiny, tiny little 12 year old who came in 3rd of 3 when she got her first touch on a normal sized opponent. She turned and looked at me and the smile under her mask just lit it up like a lamp. I loved that!