Monday, June 28, 2010

Beer and Coaching

Coaches College

I have applied to Coaches College for Epee 1. Now, to wait on acceptance and to see, if with such short notice, they can get the number of people needed to actually have the program. I am not optimistic.

Why am I doing this?

It is somewhat local this year and therefore a bargain price. I still have no great desire to coach, but I find myself doing so more and more. I used to feel that I did not know enough to coach. To some extent I still feel that way, however I am becoming comfortable with teaching at a low to low intermediate level, and I know where to send students for higher level instruction should the time come. Besides, as I am coaching some anyway, I should strive to become better at it.

Should this program for coaching actually come into being this August, I see it as something for the future. At some point in the future, I may wish to coach or help more in coaching Epee. It may be that having some credentials would be of benefit. Who can say?

I have this feeling that in the future fencing will take a leap forward in popularity. Not to mainstream levels, but higher than it is now. It could be because of a movie. It could be because of someone using fencing as the latest fitness craze. It could be because all those karate places in every strip mall will look for a way to boost profits. I am rarely correct in seeing into the future, but I have a feeling about this. If a miracle happens, and I am correct in my predictions, more coaches will be needed.

Another reason for doing this is, it is one of my goals in fencing. Few of my goals in fencing are totally within my hands. This one is. I find that comforting.

Mid-South Fencing Club on Friday

I am heading to Mid-South Fencing Club on Friday to act as a Division Observer for a tournament. There is food and perhaps beer afterward. This means I will miss practice again in Charlotte. Beer and good food can soften that blow.

This is the last thing happening locally this season. I am not going to compete in Nationals, so the long wait for fencing in the fall starts. Beer and a cookout seem like a good way to end it.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Random Things

Book Review

For my birthday I received the book, "Masters of the Sword and their Books" by Chris Karcher. It is nonfiction and an easy half day read. It is sort of a catalog of swordsmanship and fencing masters from 1516 to 1799. It has little in the way of useful information on fencing, However, I love this sort of thing, and there are some interesting quotes and fantastic illustrations. If you like to dabble from time to time into fencing history, I would recommend it for your library.

“Offence is a defense” Ridolfo Capo Ferro

“In the end, fencing is systematic, it is scientific; it is thoughtful. Fencing is control. “ William Hope

It is evident beyond a doubt that, in reducing this art to simple principles, we easily discover that in reality it consists in a very few things.” J. Oliver

“The point is to be preferred over the edge, both because it arrives quicker and hurts more” Giacomo di Grassi

“Tell it Giacomo!....yeah dawg !” Jim Kent

Gifts for Those Who Listen

Friday night: Tommy, Henri and I headed down to Charlotte Fencing Academy for some bouting. In between bouts, I watch others bout or take lessons. There is a lot of useful information to be had by listening to coaches correct students or give private lessons at CFA. I think that if you did not fence at all and just took the time to listen to what is being said, it would not be wasted fencing experience. Odds are if it applies to another fencer, it will apply to me. This is the type of information I hunger for.


I think my balance is improved by just paying attention to it. I worked on that in bouting Friday night. To a lesser degree, I worked on trying to be more relaxed….and even more relaxed out of distance. During the week, when I fenced with Tommy, I became aware that my weapon hand would drift into four. At this point, I believe it to be a combination of too much and too big blade actions and trying to keep my arm in different positions to avoid his nasty flick. Still, I must keep an eye on this, and for a while during practice, I will try to keep a stable/standard en guard in six. Balance/relax/good six… doesn't sound like much to work on….but it is. This is what I will work for the coming week.

The New Karate Kid Movie

I haven’t seen it yet. But, in watching the trailer and thinking about a fencing movie being made along the same lines,the weapon would need to be epee. Otherwise you would need half the movie to explain RoW.

Just saying.

Just Thinking

In two years I can fence Vet 60. I hope I can still hang in two years.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Bye Nicole

This weekend Nicole Agresto will graduate from high school. Three of us from the Greensboro club will be in attendance. (Okay…One of the three is CFA….but he started with us….and it overlaps from time to time. It gets so confusing.)

Nicole is the last of the “original kids”. I remember when she was twelve and so quiet and shy. Now she is “Miss Social”.

With her parting we will also rarely see her family. That will be sad as well.

Coach Miller tried to recruit her for the UNC team. It is always interesting to watch him go through the proper NCAA procedure. I have seen him do it many times now. She decided to go to ECU instead, as their program fits her needs and that is where her friends are going.

She plans to fence at ECU, so I am sure our paths will cross from time to time. (As well as our blades.)

We love you Nicole. Be safe. Study hard.