Hypothetical Situation!

Originally posted on See Hannah Fence:
Recently, I had a minor disaster at an in-house youth event.  One of our young fencers had an emotional meltdown when her weapon wasn’t working and she lost touch after touch because nobody noticed and she didn’t know how to handle the situation. I am determined not to let…

Learning to Teach

Originally posted on See Hannah Fence:
I coached beginner’s classes for years before I started learning how to give a one-on-one lesson.  I started with the children in my beginner’s classes – pulling one aside at a time for a few drills while another coach supervised bouting.  The first full half-hour private lesson I gave…

When the Mask is On: on Women in Fencing

“In our society, the women who break down barriers are those who ignore limits.” -Arnold Schwarzenegger Some of my earliest childhood memories come from watching my older sister, Paloma, play in a boys’ soccer league. Paloma was an athletic phenom, possessing great speed, excellent ball skills, and zero fear of contact or matching up against…

Ask the Fencing Coach: Taking Your Time in a Bout

This question came from one of our favorite readers who is the head coach of a college club and competitor. As a reminder to our readers, we will answer any questions on all things fencing. We’re here to help! Question:  Good morning Fencing Coach Staff, Question for you folks regarding something that is giving me issues…

Persevering Through Disappointments and Losses

Originally posted on The Fencing Athlete:
Women’s Epeeist, Shin Lam of Korea, after her controversial defeat in the 2012 Olympics. Photo from TheGaurdian.com   The very nature of Fencing means that we have all experienced losses, frustration, and disappointments. Looking back, throughout my career there are a few such moments that still register strongly, and…