Using Non-Combativity as a Tactic

In the 2012 Milwaukee Division I Men’s Epee NAC, Benjamin Wieder was facing Jimmy Moody in the round of 32. Moody secured a 4-5 touch lead at the end of period one. Entering period 2, Moody proceeded to withdraw his blade from reach, fully understanding that Wieder’s forte was in his blade work. Wieder desperately…

An Interview with Fencing Legend Sergei Golubitsky

Speak to any fencer, regardless of his/her weapon, and the name “Sergei Golubitsky” echoes in the fencing world as the name “Michael Jordan” does in Basketball or the name “Muhammad Ali” in boxing. Growing up in Florida and learning fencing, the maestro of our salle would always have Golubitsky’s “Golden Bouts” DVD playing, highlighting his…

Relearning Fencing

The day Hurricane Sandy made landfall, I was involved in an accident that knocked me unconscious. Hours before the hurricane struck, I went to move my car away from a tree. En route back to my apartment, the forces of wind and gravity played their part, and a 15-20 pound tree branch struck me in…

Proper Methods of Strip Coaching

In the highest echelons of competitive fencing, the difference between the best and the very best is narrow. More often than not, matches from the top 16 onward are decided by 2 points or less, with the exception of the occasional wunderkind who bludgeons his/her opponents with ease from tournament start to finish. I have…