I should put “Part I” in the title, because I think there is a lot to say about the business of fencing. I meet a lot of great coaches that are terrible business people. Oddly enough, that tends to stick out more than the terrible coaches who are great business people. I wonder why that… Read more
It’s a simple enough question, isn’t it?
In one of my foil lessons last night , my student was supposed to fade back in the face of my attack and set up a parry riposte. I confess that my attention was wandering during one of the repetitions of the action. She must have noticed and ignoring the action I wanted her to… Read more
As part of an article I was going to write about footwork, I had started to compile some notes on the subject. Then, I abandoned the piece half way through writing it. Footwork is a big subject, and the article was getting out of control. With too many wheels within wheels, I couldn’t find a way… Read more
In the last few years there several web sites have appeared that tell you to “throw away your fencing journal” and promise metrics on all of your bouts. These are very interesting sites (I’ve looked at myself on a few of them) but I they are missing the point. The bout score is, perhaps, the… Read more
The first impression someone has when they walk into your club is important. I’m thinking of the local CrossFit gym, which is a bare bones warehouse space with a lot of heavy things to move, throw and drag. There are no televisions. There are few places to sit, or relax. The gym is a space,… Read more