Should a Referee Vary the Cadence of his/her Calls?

A very simple post today to answer a very simple, trivial question: When a referee makes his/her “En Garde! Ready? Fence!” calls, should s/he very the cadence? For many of you, this is a “duh” answer, but for others, it might not be. Never hurts to clarify. I’ve heard multiple opinions from multiple referees, so…

Fantastic Finish for the Friendly Frenchman

Originally posted on Leland Guillemin:
The 2014 World Championships were held in Kazan, Russia from the 15th to the 23rd of July. The Senior Men’s Epee final match was between Kyoungdoo Park and Ulrich Robeiri who fence for Korea and France, respectively. Both fencers had a very tough road in the quarter, and semi-finals. Park…

Guest Post: A Referee’s Open Letter of Resignation

Dear Fencing Officials Commission: A new policy will be enacted on September 1, 2014 wherein referee ratings will be evaluated and altered according to national activity.  My referee ratings predate the cut-off years and are subject to degrading or rescinding.  Rather than be subject to a perfunctory system with which I do not agree, I…

Utilizing the Off-Season Effectively

Originally posted on Leland Guillemin:
? Always room for improvement ? Off-Season Preparation I often get asked what I do when I’m not training during the fencing season, and I urge you to take a stab at what it might be. If you said, “eating an Oreo filled pie baked inside a Turtle Skor ice…