Regarding Sexual Harassment and Assault in Fencing: Part III – We Can Do Better

Part I - Not in Our Sport Part II - Tales of Sexual Harassment & Assault We now know there is a sexual harassment and abuse problem, so what can we do to fix it? My survey asked for solutions for creating a more positive and safe environment for everyone. Going forward, if you were … Continue reading Regarding Sexual Harassment and Assault in Fencing: Part III – We Can Do Better

Regarding Sexual Harassment and Assault in Fencing: Part II – Tales of Sexual Harassment & Assault

Part I - Not in Our Sport Part of this survey was giving women a safe space to anonymously share what harassment or assault they had experienced. This section of the series has given me the most anguish, for a couple of reasons. One, it was hard to know which stories to share. Harassment and … Continue reading Regarding Sexual Harassment and Assault in Fencing: Part II – Tales of Sexual Harassment & Assault

Regarding Sexual Harassment and Assault in Fencing: Part I – Not in Our Sport

Dear Fencing Community, Scandals of sexual abuse have rocked USA Swimming and USA Gymnastics, it’s not a stretch for us to wonder if USA Fencing has a similar problem which should be investigated and addressed. Sexual harassment and assault have become hot topics in the wake of the #MeToo movement, and we can’t assume fencing … Continue reading Regarding Sexual Harassment and Assault in Fencing: Part I – Not in Our Sport

How to Immediately Waste a Private Fencing Lesson

Albert Bandura, the famed psychologist and founder of Social Learning Theory (SLT) posited that our brains go through four mediational processes while learning: Attention: How one is exposed to and processes a behavior. Retention: How one remembers the exposed behavior. Reproduction: How one performs the behavior s/he’s exposed to. Motivation: How one develops the will … Continue reading How to Immediately Waste a Private Fencing Lesson

Yes, Sports and Politics Do Mix. Get Over It.

When Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded the Modern Olympics, he designed the Olympic Rings to include the colors of every flag of every nation, linked together to symbolize the inclusivity of the games and the idea that national differences could be set aside to engage in the struggle of sport. The Baron was so insistent … Continue reading Yes, Sports and Politics Do Mix. Get Over It.

Fencing is not a Combat Sport—and that’s a Good Thing

Sometime after I graduated college, I had a quarter-life fencing burnout crisis and decided to take a break from the sport. Boxing, I thought, would be a fun sport to learn. It involves a similar emphasis on footwork, speed, distance control, and strategy, and I loved watching it growing up. When I got into the … Continue reading Fencing is not a Combat Sport—and that’s a Good Thing

The FIE Non-Combativity Proposal is Malarkey

The Federation Internationale d'Escrime (FIE) often resembles a hyperactive cat distracted by a laser pointer. Each year, ambitious new rule changes are proposed that hold neither the support of the fencers impacted, nor the referees enforcing them. Last year, we piloted the now defunct "Russian Box of Death" proposal that set the Sabre en garde … Continue reading The FIE Non-Combativity Proposal is Malarkey

What do you Want to Work on Today? Giving the Conductor’s Wand to the Student

I like to think of fencing coaching as a partnership. When compared to sports such as Football where the Coach is master and commander whose word is absolute, Fencing promotes dialogue, exploration, and innovating for new ideas on the piste. When a new student begins, the lessons are more linear and perhaps even mechanical, focusing … Continue reading What do you Want to Work on Today? Giving the Conductor’s Wand to the Student