Assessing the 2012-2013 Rule Changes

Today the USFA released an 11 page rules digest on changes to effect competition in the 2012-2013 season. I shuffled through all 40 new approved rules and dumbed them down to “What you need to know,” “Other key takeaways,” and the “Why the hell didn’t the USFA address this rule” category. Read on.  What you … Continue reading Assessing the 2012-2013 Rule Changes

On Why Fencers are (Mostly) Successful People

Anyone who takes fencing seriously knows that his/her coach is far more than a figure who shows you the ropes. A good coach will take the role of a surrogate parent, a spiritual advisor, and hopefully, instill a work ethic in his/her students that extends beyond the strip. I’m going to guess that 90% of … Continue reading On Why Fencers are (Mostly) Successful People

Guest Post #1: Smiling with my Mask On (By Jack Maes)

I am pleased to provide my first guest post by Jack Maes of DCFC. Jack, if you ever watch him on the strip might be clinically insane, simply because he gets more psyched up and happy than just about any fencer. Some fencers take the sport seriously, but Jack just seems to have fun with … Continue reading Guest Post #1: Smiling with my Mask On (By Jack Maes)

Responding to Mike Wise

The 2012 London Olympic Games have featured two stories that have riled up the Fencing Community. There was of course, the Shin A Lam controversy. And then, there was Mariel Zagunis’s shocking defeat to Korea’s Kim Jyeon and Washington Post columnist Mike Wise’s scathing editorial after her defeat that…well…pissed off every fencer, forced some to … Continue reading Responding to Mike Wise

Breaking Down the Film: 2012 NAC Division I Men’s Epee Gold Medal Bout—Soren Thompson v. Jason Pryor

Note: this is a new series I intend to start running on the blog, which involves my spectating of bouts and subsequently analyzing the tape. I hope you’ll find this useful. Your feedback is appreciated! The 2012 North American Cup marked the return of Olympic staple Soren Thompson, who had been recovering from a knee … Continue reading Breaking Down the Film: 2012 NAC Division I Men’s Epee Gold Medal Bout—Soren Thompson v. Jason Pryor