Wednesday, October 22, 2014


I fenced last weekend in a tournament with 62 people in my event. I finished 27th. Poor to mediocre results. Went out my second DE to the guy that won. My training partner, who went 5 and 1 in pools (18th out of pools.), went out to a guy over a foot taller than her and around 40 years younger in her first DE. The event was much harder than I thought it would be.

As we stayed to watch a teammate fence, we talked about our results. I told her," Maybe our best years are behind us." She pointed out that we go through cycles.  We do well....we stink for a while...we wallow in dismay.....and then we have another good run. So far, that has been the way it has been. We will see if it holds true.

Damn Epee

As you might gather, I love epee. To me ( And I mean no slight to the RoW weapons) it is the only  weapon that makes sense. On the other hand, when I look at the results of an epee event and I know the competitors, I am often flabbergasted at the results. It often makes no sense. I know that it should not have turned out that way. I am uncertain if it is like that in RoW weapons. When I follow those, it seems that there are less surprises. I don't get it.

Another bad thing about epee, is the weapon itself. Surely to god, there is a economical way to construct this weapon that would cause it to not need such constant repair.

Private Lessons

For the last month or so, I have been working on a new action. Good for direct attacks or setting up other actions. I love it. It has been so much fun. If mastering this action was a number 10, I am around a 3 I can score with it on simple attacks against the right opponent. Finding the prep for other opponents is another story.

Here is the weird thing. might not be might be rather common. Sense I started this, when I practice bout, it is all I think about. Trying to make these actions work. When, I stop trying to do them with the best fencer at the club, my results are better. I know that this is what practice bouting is for, but it is disheartening. I became worried about this in last weekends tournament and did not try it at all. I thought maybe I was not ready. I am unsure if this was the correct way to go. The field was a such a mixture of wild newbies and good solid fencers, that it just did not seem like the time to break this out.

The point here is that I become fixated on new actions. Is that common?

Last Intro Class....Thank Goodness.

Tonight will be the last "Intro Class" I have to teach until the first of the year. Provided I am still teaching at the end of the year. You may notice that I used the word "teaching" rather than "coaching". They are two different things. Here is were some will disagree, but will not understand. Teaching is hard, Coaching ( especially when I am coupled with my training partner, who balances me out.) is easy. This has to do with the make up of our club and our age and life experiences.  To much to explain here, but I know it to be true.

I digress,

I am excited. It means that I may have extra time to devote to working on me.


I am unsure how long it will be before I can have a decent practice. At some point in last weekend's event, I must have crashed my bell guard into someone else's bell guard. I  have busted up a knuckle or two in my weapon hand.  I am not sure when this happened. Being a vet fencer is like being in a fist fight, nothing hurts until it is over. I think it is getting better, but I don't think I could stand it, if someone beat my blade hard.