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Epee Lesson July 19, 2009

July 19th, 2009 | No Comments

This lesson was given to an advanced epee student the week after he returned from nationals. His arm was slightly tweaked from fencing earlier in the week, so we avoided stop thrusts and other high impact attacks. Instead we focused on the feint patterns. We also worked on the fleche from the lunge, spending almost a third of the lesson working on this action. We noted that Nat Burke (one of our resident Bs, and former A), used this action as a crutch when he first returned to fencing. He uses it more sparingly now, but it is quite effective. Generating power from a lunge position is very difficult, and getting the requisite explosiveness is a problem. Further, we noted that the action is easier if 1) the lunge is not stopped but just continued (making this a primary intent action only), or if 2) the initial lunge is a demi-lunge to threaten (but not hit) the advanced target.

Epee Lesson June 26, 2009

July 17th, 2009 | No Comments

This lesson was given to an advanced epee student. This was our second lesson together and lasted about an hour. We are still getting to know each other and working out what we need to focus on.

Epee Lesson July 3, 2009

July 17th, 2009 | No Comments

This lesson was given to an advanced Epee student in preparation for summer nationals. We reviewed some of the basic actions, worked on tightening blade movements, and focused on the timing of individual actions.

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I am a fencing coach at Davis Fencing Academy, the Epee coach for the UC Davis Fencing Club, and an historical fencer. I hold a Provost at Arms certificate from the San Jose State Fencing Masters Program.

This blog contains my musings on historical fencing, and a record of private lessons given to my students.

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