Another analogy from my Belarusian grandcoach Nikolai: countertime is like reactive armour on a battletank. It negates the first hit from a defender, long enough for the battletank to shoot back. I like this analogy. I think it’s apt, especially because it also describes when countertime fails. … More Q&A: Defeating taller faster counterattackers
Attacking in sabre is about doing things perfectly, and 90% of it is having well-calibrated reflexes. … More Q&A: Drill where the student hits to coach’s head?
For those of you trying to salvage what’s left of a rough season, here’s my usual pre-comp rant, written down. … More For my students going to competitions after an unusual year
Won Wooyoung didn’t move the way coaches taught people to move. He moved the way he wanted to. Or, more accurately, the way he needed to. … More The Footwork
Fencing was one of those curious niche sports where a mid-level government executive like me, playing in his spare time, could claw his way up the gateway competitions, pay his blood money to his national federation, then take his chances against the best fencers in the world who did this for a living. … More The Break