Friday, April 29, 2011

The Drill ...The Mask and One Touch

Last night at practice I fenced pretty well.(For me.)I felt pretty good about it and I needed that feeling.

My PL was "The Drill". More accurately, it was the first and most basic part of "The Drill". If I remember correctly, this is a Marx progressive exercise, or at least he gets credit for it.

In the starter part of the the drill you can only score a point by lunging. No advance nothing. It sounds simple, but I am so programed to draw my opponents attack that it was almost impossible for me. (And I tried everything I could think of.) To much stuff is now built in. Of course my coach is killer at this and it was humbling. However, if I ever want to fence foil (I can't think of why I would want to fence the "bendy little weapon"....but I might.)I need to master this simple little drill.

Sense I started fencing, I have wanted to try "one touch" epee. Last night I finally got my shot in a "tournament like" setting. After pools, my draw was a young, very tall "B" fencer. I switched to French grip and posted. In the rules we used, if you are both out. That was the case for my opponent and I. I had already decided if I was going out, I would do my best to take someone with me. Yep...I am that kind of guy. It was a lot of fun,but over way to quick. Hooking up took longer than the action.

When I got home last night, I washed my nasty old frayed mask. It is tattered and worn. While I want a new one badly, I feel a emotional attachment to this one. We have both been through a lot and we are scarred. However we have a few more bouts left in us. The thing takes FOREVER to dry. I think I will search the web for rules on "One Touch Epee" while my buddy sits outside in the sun.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Something to Say. Who Knew?

In this picture (Santelli NYC. Small woman’s jacket with silver buttons). I was guessing late 50’s, but I do not know for sure. Also included are an old plastron (C); an old foil and a detachable bib for a mask (B).

I think this kind of stuff is really cool. If this jacket would fit me, I would find some opportunity to wear it.

I suspect this kind of old unusable equipment has found its way into a lot of fencing salles. I hope some folks are saving a couple of these items.

I gave one to a coach at Mid-South long ago and he mounted it in a glassed in frame like a kimono. It makes a nice wall hanging for their club. Add an old weapon or maybe some old medals and it could look awesome.

My training partner (epee) is a petite woman. She is often getting hit just above the breast protector or getting hit on the breast protector and the tip sliding up to cause a bruise. It would seem to me that these old plastrons (C) could be cut off and made to fit above the breast protector for some extra padding.

It would also seem to me that if I manufactured or sold fencing equipment, I would look into a way to make fencing equipment more specialized or weapon specific. I watch bony little kids fence epee and once in a while they will take a bad hit. (Fortunately, they generally fence other bony little kids that can’t hit hard.) What if there was a way to add something like the quilted plastron (C) so Velcro would hold it to the top part a modern under arm protector? What if they made a pad like the quilted plastron (C) that could fasten to the top of a woman’s breast protector like the old bib (A) that fastened to an old mask?

On a slightly different vent, why can't uniform manufactures make a jacket for epee, where the weapon arm sleeve is slightly shorter than the off weapon hand, so it can be pulled down under the glove and not leave a wrinkle for points to catch on? (Okay….you can have that done yourself. But I am on a roll here.)

Looking at this vintage equipment always makes me wish their was better documented history of our sport. I do not mean from the time of the Egyptians, but more like from the time of the modern Olympics. Great books like "By the Sword" cover some good information, but I am looking for something a bit more detailed.

I want to know about weird rules and strip sizes for early events. Why did the fourth weapon of fencing fall out of favor, other than the fact that it most likely hurt like hell? In this video clip: Aldo is fencing with a shortened foil used as a dagger. Why did this go away? It is so fluid and beautiful. (If you watch closely it is just an "X" block done well and fast,but it is ever so cool!) Who knows what interesting fact has been lost in the history of fencing? Such a shame.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Nothing to Say

My last entry was over a month ago.

I am learning a lot of things. I am able to apply some of them.

I just don't have anything to record that would not be repeating myself.

Thinking about going to a Marx camp in a month and a half.