Damien Lehfeldt for USA Fencing At Large Director

I’m Running! Dear friends and members of the Fencing Community, I am pleased to announce that I am running for one of the three At-Large Director positions opening later this year. I’m jumping into this election for one simple reason: I love this sport with all of my heart, you love this sport too, and … Continue reading Damien Lehfeldt for USA Fencing At Large Director

Trends in Senior International Epee Fencing (2021-2022)

Note: This article was originally published in the United States Fencing Coaches Association Sword Master magazine, December 2022 issue. To join the USFCA and get access to Sword Master and other publications, visit the USFCA website. Introduction Nearly one year ago, I had the honor of joining the Team USA Epee National Coaching Staff as … Continue reading Trends in Senior International Epee Fencing (2021-2022)

Product Review: Lancet Fencing Ambidextrous Peregrine Grip

Disclaimer: This grip was purchased by the author and not provided by Lancet Fencing. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by Lancet Fencing and/or its affiliates in any way. Giving an ambidextrous lesson can be a clunky affair when you’re carrying one weapon in each hand. One weapon’s pointed … Continue reading Product Review: Lancet Fencing Ambidextrous Peregrine Grip

Explaining the new “Unwillingness to Fight” (P-Card) Conventions (and other refereeing notes from the NAC)

Another NAC done and some more reflections to write down. Here's what you need to know about the new P-Card conventions and other little nuggets I thought I'd share. Enforcing Unwillingness to Fight: the New Interpretation For the last season, most international competitions have changed the conventions around enforcement of P-Card rules to include resetting … Continue reading Explaining the new “Unwillingness to Fight” (P-Card) Conventions (and other refereeing notes from the NAC)

All That’s Wrong with the 2022-2023 NAC Schedule: in Four Maps

On July 19, 2022, USA Fencing announced the National Schedule for the upcoming 2022-2023 season. Allow me to begin this post with two acknowledgments: The contracts for these venues were likely locked in long before the Supreme Court issued the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health DecisionNAC locations are determined based on which metropolitan hubs are … Continue reading All That’s Wrong with the 2022-2023 NAC Schedule: in Four Maps

Defining the Oh $@&# Moment: Knowing When it’s Time to Strike Your Opponent

Oh $@&# Moments Defined At the highest levels of fencing, the window to attack is often small. Perhaps it comes on a small flinch of the opponent, or they step in close for just one moment too long. Perhaps they change direction with just a little bit too deep a step, or they overcommit in … Continue reading Defining the Oh $@&# Moment: Knowing When it’s Time to Strike Your Opponent

The Modern Epee Fencer (a Qualitative Summary of my Thesis)

The Modern Epee Fencer © Damien Lehfeldt The Modern Epee Fencer is a Daredevil They fence at lunge distance, daring the other to encroach even one inch too close, applying pressure with varying preparation while the pulling fencer disrupts their opponent with provoking half advances and beats. The Modern Epee Fencer, as Clement Schrepfer describes … Continue reading The Modern Epee Fencer (a Qualitative Summary of my Thesis)