Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Simple Things






Fenced in Chapel Hill tonight and it was one hot gym.  Fenced poorly, but had a good lesson.

After all this time of watching Coach give lessons, which truly fascinates me, I asked a question.

"Coach, why do you change sides with a student periodically, when you are not out of room on the strip?"

This may seem simple to a lot of fencers, but it eluded me.

He explained to me. After all this time, I finally ask a question about something I have witnessed for years. I can't believe I never asked long ago.


Sometimes it is the simple things that are the most fascinating  thing about this sport.

4 comments:

Wesley said...

What was his answer??

Jim Kent said...

He switches sides (and this is not a direct quote, but just as I remember it) to let a frustrated fencer reset....or an over zealous fencer calm down....just to give the student a chance to gain focus and go again....things along that line. Sometimes he does it to let himself rest. He needs a minute.

Jim Kent said...

Sometimes he needs to reset as well.

artrix said...

I finally asked the same question a while ago - same answer. After watching for years, I wonder if this is something on his natural radar now - doesn't even have to think about it - it just happens like blinking? It reminds me of dancing. Which he loves to do.