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 such a situation happen again, so yesterday I worked on preparing my high school fencers for their first competition by interrupting their bouts with scenarios they are likely to run into. I yelled:
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