Four Questions to Ask Yourself if You’re Thinking of Breaking Up With Your Coach

This post idea inspired by a question from Redditor /u/skeletortuga, which is an awesome username... I remember the optimism I had heading to my first Junior Olympics. I had won my Central Florida division qualifier in dominating fashion. I had been faring well in local open competition. I trained hard, I was in great shape. … Continue reading Four Questions to Ask Yourself if You’re Thinking of Breaking Up With Your Coach

A Safe Return to Fencing Competition is Near. Get Hyped.

Note: This blog post was written and posted on March 8, 2021. Vaccination numbers and CDC guidance are constantly evolving, so in all likelihood, the data and sources presented in this article will be obsolete within the next few days. Check the CDC website for updated metrics and more information on guidance. Get your weapons … Continue reading A Safe Return to Fencing Competition is Near. Get Hyped.

The State of Virginia has prohibited the December Fredericksburg RJCC/RYC. USA Fencing doesn’t seem to care.

The Fairfax Challenge Winter RJCC/RYC is scheduled to take place on the weekend of December 19 in Fredericksburg Virginia. It’s a wonderful time to have a Fencing tournament. It’s cold outside, there’s Christmas music playing and holiday cheer all around. Fireplaces are burning. And almost 300,000 people are dead from Covid. Virginia Covid hospitalizations are … Continue reading The State of Virginia has prohibited the December Fredericksburg RJCC/RYC. USA Fencing doesn’t seem to care.

On (Not) Returning to Competition During the Covid-19 Pandemic

The only thing that has changed since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic is we’ve gotten older and a little bit greyer. As of October 30, nearly 230,000 Americans are dead. We’re approaching 10 million domestic cases with a dangerous Winter spike expected. For those fortunate to survive, the virus doesn’t end with contraction. The Mayo … Continue reading On (Not) Returning to Competition During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Why Fencers Yell (and Why People Should Stop Being Whiny Babies About It)

Originally posted on Tim Morehouse's Fencing University. Re-posted on thefencingcoach.com with Tim's permission "There's a fairly strong inverse correlation between people who don't like yelling and fencing skill." -Nick Johnson Fencing has a unique dichotomy that distinguishes itself from other Olympic sports: on the one hand, it’s rooted in the values of sportsmanship and respect … Continue reading Why Fencers Yell (and Why People Should Stop Being Whiny Babies About It)

Cellphones be Damned: Staying Focused in the Fencing Club

I’ll be the first to admit there’s an element of hypocrisy to this post. I probably use my cellphone too much to check my work email, catch a Pokémon or 30 in Pokémon Go, swap texts with friends, or make an occasional s***post on Reddit (okay, more like frequent s***posts on Reddit and a few … Continue reading Cellphones be Damned: Staying Focused in the Fencing Club

The Fencing Coach’s Guide to Being a Good Teammate

As a lover of sports, I have played Football, Basketball, and Fútbol. I wrestled, I boxed (my brain works; I can still read good), and of course, I still actively fence. Each sport, though a potpourri of individual and team has provided me with a unique perspective on the virtues of being a good teammate. … Continue reading The Fencing Coach’s Guide to Being a Good Teammate

The Fencing Coach’s Initial Reactions to the FIE’s new Non-Combativity Rules

Two weeks ago, the FIE Congress passed a series of new non-combativity rules that will bring material changes to Epee, and to a lesser extent, Foil fencing. There’s a lot to track here, so I’ve tried my best to break down the nuances of the rules below. I’d like to qualify this post with a … Continue reading The Fencing Coach’s Initial Reactions to the FIE’s new Non-Combativity Rules