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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170122 Building Compounds

The challenge any attacker faces is to create the conditions needed for the attack to succeed.  Simple attacks work if the opponent puts his blade in motion or if she lets you control the timing, distance, psychological factors, and initiative.  Otherwise you challenge is to either get the opponent to put…

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