Friday, December 11, 2015

Pointe d'arret

Fenced for the first time in a month last night in Charlotte. For me, I fenced fairly well. I was happy with it. I had worried about my injury and how the time off would effect my game.

There is a tournament next week. I had hoped to go, but a "family thing" will keep me from it. I want to train as much as I can for the April NAC and this would have been a good opportunity.


A bit over a month ago, I had a lesson with Coach Miller. He used the term "Pointe d'arret". I had forgotten what it meant. Or more to the point, I was thinking about the wrong definition. I was thinking, "A pronged device affixed to the blunt blade to better simulate a sharp and to facilitate the clear scoring of touches". Not a "stop hit", which isn't all that accurate a definition either. Coach is all about the language of fencing. It is his thing. ( Among many.) I have always loved this aspect of fencing as well. I use to be better at it, but I have not studied to refresh myself of late. I guess I only took it so far. For example, I never learned the French names for parries. I guess I should, but I find it less meaningful than other terminology.

When I retired from coaching at our little club, I did so with the intent of pursuing more training for myself and also to delve into other aspects of fencing. Vocabulary is something easy to add to the list and can be done from home. So, as of today, it is on my list to review.

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