Feb. 26th, 2010

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Since the various "Snowpocolypse" and "Snowmagedion" and "Snowtorious BIG" occurrences have kept use away from practice recently last night was the first fencing practice of any notable size in a while. Smaller than usual but in many ways I feel far more effective. "Why is that?" you say. Well, we'll get to that.

How many of us did any training over the winter, show of hands. Nobody? well don't feel bad, I've been right there out of it with you. So as we start to pull our selves out of our winter caves and back into the salle, I've noticed a few things that are pretty consistently 'rusted up' by a long lapse in fencing, such as winter.

Foot work. *groan* oh my word, does foot work look bad after a few weeks/months off. Why is this and what can you do? Well aside from being out of specific practice, most people tend to be less in shape after a break than when the have been fencing twice a week. So working out and staying in shape (pear is a shape, but not the one you're after) certainly helps. Let's just assume, *cough* you haven't been keeping up at the gym. !STRETCH! try to do a really good thorough stretch the day before practice or at least a few minutes before you start actually fencing. This will really help you to move better, to fight better, and to not get hurt.

Blade Work OK this one is an up and a down. People tend to go for the much faster, flashy, blade work and do OK with that since they are running on 90% instinct, but completely fail at the basics. Stay tight, 3 point line, maintain aggression of the point.

One final thing that I'll mention. legs. Why don't people defend their legs at all. ever. *headdesk* it's a valid target people. 2,5 and 8 folks, Seconde Quinte and Octave. If you need a refresher -> ( http://fencing.houseblueheron.com/bladeWork.php ).

So back to the original statement. Why is the smaller practice better? I think that you get more from a good small group than a large one because you get the change to work with everybody. Not only that you have the time to actually do some drills and not feel like you're missing out on the stabbing. Fencing drills are important learning tools and they really do make you better, do drills.

Finally, you don't get saturated at a smaller practice. Usually. There are the few odd practices where you only have 5 people and they "ALL" want to be the "teacher" and they all want to do things "My" way. A very common complaint among newer fencers, in particular, is that there are so many people trying to teach them to do things so many different ways. At a more condensed practice those people have a greater probability of receiving a less fractured message.

Until next time,

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