Image shared from the Harvard Gazette. Photograph by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer It’s around 2005 or so. I get off the plane for a NAC in Miami and head down to baggage claim. There’s a boy waiting with his fencing bag in the terminal who looks lost. So I get my bag, approach this kid, … Continue reading A Farewell to Baba: In Loving Memory of Gamal Mahmoud
Refereeing Questions What’s the best way to control your strip as a referee? Credibility is the most important thing to establish first and foremost, and that means knowledge of the rules and the proper current application of the rules. If you show up to ref and you improperly enforce, say, the application of P-Cards or you still … Continue reading No Punches Pulled: Answering Your Questions (April 2022)
I used to have a morbidly obese three-legged dachshund named Frankie and a poodle named Batman. When I’d take them out for a walk, the two would often take turns peeing on different objects throughout the neighborhood. It was a game of territorialism. Frankie would pee first. Batman would then pee on top of the … Continue reading Fencing With Two Clubs: Kosher or Not?
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
I didn't know what else to put here. There are two paths you can go by as a parent during a tournament: the path of the “Psycho Parent” or the path of “The Quintessential Fencing Parent.” One allows a strong bond between the trio of coach, parent, and athlete; and the other means that as … Continue reading Eight Rules of Tournament Parenting
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
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
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
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
Kick them out of your club until they do. That's it. That's the post. Thanks for coming to my TedXTalk.