Product Review: Nike Ballestra SE2 – Nike Prices Without the Nike Quality

Disclaimer:These shoes were purchased by the author and not provided by Nike. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by Nike and/or its affiliates in any way. When I tore my Achilles several years ago, my orthopedist revealed that one of the fundamental problems that led to my tear was … Continue reading Product Review: Nike Ballestra SE2 – Nike Prices Without the Nike Quality

An Interview with 5x World Champion Peter Joppich

This Article Was Originally Published in the Washington Times. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia WASHINGTON, February 28, 2013 — Prior to the 2000’s, foil fencer Sergei Golubitsky had arguably cemented himself as the greatest foil fencer of all time, winning three world championships in a storied career. At the turn of the millennium, a young German fencer … Continue reading An Interview with 5x World Champion Peter Joppich

Assessing Tactical Changes from Bout to Bout—a case study in Gergely Siklosi and Sangyoung Park

Part 1: The Heidenheim World Cup When 2016 Rio Olympic Champion Sangyoung Park (Korea) and 2021 Tokyo Olympic Silver Medalist Gergely Siklosi (Hungary) met in the gold medal bout of the 2020 Heidenheim World Cup, it might have been mistaken for a Sabre bout. In a 15-14 thriller, Siklosi narrowly edged out his opponent, but … Continue reading Assessing Tactical Changes from Bout to Bout—a case study in Gergely Siklosi and Sangyoung Park

Parents: We Need to Talk About Your Kids’ Shoes

Author’s Note: I am not a podiatrist, nor am I an orthopedist. The recommendations in this post come from common sense and anecdotal experience. For the best recommendations on shoes specific to you, discuss it with a medical professional. The other day I was leading a footwork class. I looked down. I stopped. I called … Continue reading Parents: We Need to Talk About Your Kids’ Shoes

Bout Breakdown: Ana-Maria Popescu (ROM) vs. Yiwen Sun (CHI) – A Tokyo Olympic Gold Thriller

For more on Epee analytics, read the following post! Summary: When two of the world’s best fencers face off in the finals of the highest stakes quadrennial tournament, you can only hope for a thriller, and good lord did this bout deliver! This bout featured Romania’s Ana-Maria Popescu against China’s Yiwen Sun, going into priority … Continue reading Bout Breakdown: Ana-Maria Popescu (ROM) vs. Yiwen Sun (CHI) – A Tokyo Olympic Gold Thriller

Descriptive Analytics in Epee Fencing

In the context of an Epee bout, there are a million different variables leading to a Fencer’s success (or failure). When doing film analysis, a Fencer can look at the tape in front of them to draw his/her own conclusions based on distance, timing, preparations, and footwork. While a qualitative analysis produces a descriptive assessment … Continue reading Descriptive Analytics in Epee Fencing

Epee Referee Nuggets from the December 2021 NAC: P-Card Interpretation Will be Changing

Another NAC done, another round of 12+ hour days, and some gross food. Here are my nuggets from the Columbus NAC. The P-Card Rules Interpretation will be Changing to that of the FIE’s: Take this section of my write-up with a grain of salt, and consider this the “hey, something resembling this is coming” statement. … Continue reading Epee Referee Nuggets from the December 2021 NAC: P-Card Interpretation Will be Changing

Bout Breakdown: Nikita Glazkov (RUS) vs. Yulen Pereira (SPA) – 2019 Challenge Reseau T8

https://youtu.be/oAGs-3WYnzU Summary: This right here is as thrilling as a Fencing bout gets. You have two of the world's best French grippers matching up in the 2019 Challenge Reseau Top 8. The result of the match, a 15-14 thriller victory for Nikita Glazkov (RUS) over Yulen Pereira (SPA). This was a bout paced at an … Continue reading Bout Breakdown: Nikita Glazkov (RUS) vs. Yulen Pereira (SPA) – 2019 Challenge Reseau T8

In Support of USA Fencing’s Vaccination Mandate

Note: this post was made on October 27, 2021. Given the nature of this novel coronavirus, data is constantly changing, news studies are being published, and our understanding of this virus and the effectiveness of the vaccination is evolving. The author of this post is not a medical professional in any way, shape or form … Continue reading In Support of USA Fencing’s Vaccination Mandate