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…

Motivating the Athlete

Photo Copyright Colin M. Lenton Photography In my previous post, I discussed the important concepts I learned with the passing of my grandmother and the epiphany I had when I stayed to coach my students at the Junior Olympics, and how this affected my overall coaching philosophy. As we head into the opening ceremonies of…

Finding Calm in Fencing

“Damien, call me. Your grandma passed away.” Those were the unexpected words I received from my father in a text message when I was en route from Tampa to Memphis to coach a dozen of my students in the 2010 Junior Olympics. I froze in my seat. It seemed like the world had stopped. My…

The 0-0 Philosophy

Fencing is a sport often called “physical chess” due to the cerebral nature of the game and the need to constantly be thinking one step ahead of your opponent. Of equal importance is the ability to overcome adversity when down a few touches. In teenage fencers in particular, who are prone to the ebbs and…

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

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aeQGIcHT-E&w=420&h=315%5D 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…