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…

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…

Talking to Students About Ratings

Among young fencers, there is no badge of honor more revered than that of a rating in the sport. Ratings, as you may or may not know range anywhere from an “A” rating to a “U” rating, with “A” being the highest, and “U” being unrated. While the rating is a semi-relative gauge of the…