170319 Surprise and the System

Surprise is the creation of unexpected conditions that (1) hamper or defeat the opponent’s actions and/or (2) facilitate successful actions by the fencer.  Surprise may be strategic or tactical.  Strategic Surprise involves changes in conditioning and physical performance, technical skill, tactical skill, or mental skill from one mesocycle (a training cycle …

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New PAFA Level 3

Congratulations to Fred Vegas for passing the written and practical examinations of the Pan American Fencing Academy’s Skill Development Program at Level 3 in Epee.  Fred also holds Level 3 in Foil.  The Skill Development Program provides us a structured way to guide the development of fencers’ knowledge and technical …

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Glossary Update

The Pan American Fencing Academy supplies the Glossary for our website.  This is a long term effort, adding one or two terms a week on average.  Every definition is drawn from one or more sources, although definitions are modified to allow us to also post them on our Twitter feed.  Today’s additions …

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170305 Systems and Systems

The modern fencer faces a very complex tactical environment.  It is not enough to know blade technique and footwork – risk assessment, statistical influence of hits in the bout and the pool, timing control, distance control, retention of the initiative, energy and hydration management, management of the fencer’s psychological state, …

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CAA Pursues NCACE Accreditation

The Classical Academy of Arms, our affiliated center for classical fencing, has started the process of working toward accreditation as a coaching education body by the National Committee for Accreditation of Coaching Education.  The NCACE is the accreditation arm of the United States Center for Coaching Excellence, of which the Classical Academy …

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