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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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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170129 Preparation

The term “preparation” has many meanings.  Yes, today you got up, cleaned up, had breakfast, put your clothes on, and came to open fencing.  The getting up, cleaning up, eating, etc. was all preparation.  Not what this post is about.  You warmed-up, a nice, quick 10 minutes of light work …

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