Archive for July, 2009

Foil Lesson July 17, 2009

July 19th, 2009 | 1 Comment

This lesson was given to a younger foil student who I am preparing for competition this fall. He’s been away for a year, and I am trying to get him reaquanted, and to review some basic concepts. We are going to be moving very quickly into choice and mobility actions.

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.

Rapier Lesson July 15, 2009

July 17th, 2009 | No Comments

This is a reprise of the lesson from July 8 on the outside line. Attacks to the outside line don’t close necessarily here, ala Fabris. am having him work with counterattacks that close the outside line, however. We also started introducing dagger only parries, something he will need if he starts fencing in the SCA…

Rapier Lesson July 10, 2009

July 17th, 2009 | No Comments

Continuing the choice drill theme, this lesson we worked on the outside gains this time. To make the action more interesting we added the scannatura as a counterattack action on the disengagment. This action seemed to be very nice from the lefty perspective, and we talked about modifying the action for SCA fencing.

Rapier Lesson July 8, 2009

July 17th, 2009 | No Comments

This is is a lesson with my regular rapier student. We’ve been trying to clean up his form and start working towards actually fencing. To this end, I’ve been stressing choice drills with mobility to better prepare him for actually fencing. Further, he’s stopped growing as much recently, so his body control is getting better. Today, we mirrored the standard italian counter-attack tree between single sword and dagger.

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.

Foil Lesson July 3, 2009

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This foil lesson was given July 3, 2009 to a young foil student, returning after almost a year off. The material was primarily review, and was designed to help him re-acclimate to the lesson format. Previously this student had been able to perform most of these actions with mobility. The compound action at the end was designed to challenge the student and served as a diagnostic tool to see how much he could still remember.

Introduction

July 17th, 2009 | No Comments

Hi, I’m Kevin and this is my blog. I am a fencing coach at Davis Fencing Academy, the Epee coach for the UC Davis Fencing Club, and an historical fencer. I holdĀ  a Provost at Arms certificate from the San Jose State Fencing Masters Program. My fencing life is wide and varied. My focus is [...]

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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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