Monday, August 31, 2015

Yes and No


I have not had much to record of late, but that seems to be changing.

After retiring from my little coaching job ( In an effort to study fencing and fencing like stuff I wish to pursue.), I am taking a look at how that is going.

I went to a clinic. I have added going to fence at Chapel Hill to my regular routine of going to fence in Charlotte. I am happy about both and it is what I planed on.

Starting in September, I hope to take a long sword class at Mid-South on Sundays. I know fencers that will wrinkle up their noses at this, but it is something I have always wanted to do. The coach says he doesn't know a great deal. He is learning as well. But he knows more than me and I am good with that. It is within driving distance.

There are about a half dozen reasons I want to do this. I started to record them here, however I think it might be baring my soul a bit to much.

I need to order equipment. I hope this works out!


I had talked with Jeff about swapping out being a Divisional observer at a couple of Mid-South tournaments in exchange for lessons. Seemed good to me. I checked with the Division chair to make sure that was on the up and up and found out that as I did not observe last year, I would have to go to training again. In essence, I would need to waste a day, so I could go to tournaments and do next to nothing, thus wasting other days. Nope. Not going to do it. It would seem to me, that if you are going to have a training program, you are going to have to write out the information covered. Why not just send a packet of information/instructions to those few who wish to be observers and give them phone numbers and e-mails if they have any questions? Fencers are generally smart people.....maybe not well adjusted....but generally intelligent. What you need to know to observe is not hard. Really.

Monday, August 3, 2015


This weekend I went to a clinic in Columbia, SC with Jane Littman and Michael Tarascio. It was a good clinic. Very small. Only six people, most of the time, which is good. I learned something or more to the point, I have something I want to work on. Maybe a couple of things.

I don't get much out of most clinics I attend. I never expect much. The way I see it, it is  a couple of days extra practice crammed into one day. In the case of this clinic, there was lots of one on one attention. Another reason it was good.

Jane wants me to change my en guard. Up to this point, I thought it was okay. She wants me to not be facing forward as much. More of a classical en guard (not quite) so as to have less target area showing. Makes sense. I have broad shoulders and I am a big target. I was thinking my en guard was more dynamic. She also wanted me to keep my weapon hand with my thumb always at 1:00. There are times when I (or I am supposed to) turn my thumb to one o'clock when I make the hit, but I do not start off that way. I don't know if do it when bouting. My mind is on other things. So to go to Jane's way would require a lot of work on my part to change. I also feel a bit off balance with my feet more in line. As you age, your balance diminishes. It is something I need to think about.

Now here is the rub. I almost never go to clinic kind of thing were I don't think the instructor knows more than me. There have been a couple of times, were I thought I knew more about epee than the instructor, but only a couple. So Jane knows more than I do. This is a given. However, before I work hard to change my en guard, I want to talk to my coach/coaches and my training partner. I will get there input and then make my own decision.  Eventually, you have to choose and pick when you may be getting conflicting instruction on anything. Eventually, you must start thinking for yourself after discussion with those who you respect.