Friday, August 26, 2016

Busy

Hello again, this is just a quick update to let all my dedicated followers know that I have been very busy trying to get back into the swing of things, with school and fencing. I will write a couple new posts soon, including one about the Olympics and about my experience with the new rules. Keep in mind I'm currently injured with a sprained ankle, so I have not yet fully returned to practice. More coming soon, so stay tuned!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

New (Awful) Rules

So you came back for more? Well, today we are going to be talking about a pretty trending topic in sabre. The Russian Federation for fencing put out an idea for two new rules, one being a change in the amount of time it takes for one light to register and the other would put fencers closer to each other. I, personally, (as in my opinion) don't like the new rules and I'm sure many others agree with me. For all you new fencers or non-fencers out there, let me explain it so I don't put you to sleep. So when two fencers get on strip to start the fight, bout, whatever you like to call it, they stand 4 meters apart, and have endless choices on how to start a touch. These 4 meters are marked by an en garde line, and fencers always start with the front foot behind the line. Now the new rules would force fencers to start with their back foot on the line, bringing them much closer to each other. Now, to a new fencer, that rule probably does not mean anything, but it changes EVERYTHING. A bit dramatic, but true. The reasoning from the Russians was to reduce the amount of simultaneous hits and to reward fencers with more skill (if you want to put it that way) rather than reward them if they are taller or faster or whatever the case may be for that specific fencer. The other rule was a slight time change in how fast the lights register after being hit, making is significantly more difficult to get a one light counter attack. But you're probably wondering what the issues are with these new changes.
Well, there are several problems with this, first one being new rules means new decisions. No one has ever refereed under these specific rules, so they would basically making things up as they go. Not a good thing for anyone. Second, with fencers starting closer to each other, it is more likely they both rush forward and crash, leading to injury. There was actually a very good demonstration done in Dallas during Summer Nationals, I was actually sitting under the camera in the video, so check it out here. It explains a bit more in depth about what I just talked about. Some people are working to get these rules removed since they are now in effect as of August 1st, but there will be a vote December 31st to decide if they want to keep the changes or not.  I also found another great article about this topic, so make sure to check them out here as well for more info. That's all for today, so make sure to stay tuned for any other news. Make sure to email, tweet, or comment to me below with any questions, criticism, or anything you'd like to add, I would love to hear it!


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Welcome to the Art of Sabre!

Hello there! It seems you have stumbled upon my blog, The Art of Sabre. Now, you're probably wondering what this is even about? Well, good thing it's my first post. This is basically going to be a blog all about fencing, specifically sabre fencing, which is one of the three weapons used in this ancient Olympic sport. I currently only have 4 years of experience under my belt, soon to be starting my 5th year. This is a pretty casual blog, or is going to be, soon enough, discussing current events and issues in sabre, mainly focusing on where I am located, at the Sabre Outreach Network fencing club in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. First is a little about me, although that's probably the last thing you want to hear. I'm 15 years old, and an upcoming sophmore at North Broward Preparatory School. I'm actually writing this blog for a class I am taking, but I didn't know it was this easy, so I might keep up with the blog. My purpose or reason for this is actually bigger than writing for a class. Fencing is a small sport compared to soccer or American football, especially in the United States. Although it is an Olympic sport, I often encounter people who have never heard of fencing, thinking my bags at the airport are for golf, tennis, or even cricket! Back to my point, I think raising awareness and introducing more people to this sport would be amazing, bringing in more competitors and making competitions more diverse and larger. Besides, who doesn't think whacking people with a metal sword isn't awesome? This blog is also open to anyone, as long as you are talking about fencing, so feel free to send me any articles or blog posts you would want to share or have me write a take on it. That's all for now, so feel free to share this with everyone you know, never know who might be interested!

 
(This is me in 2016, when I won my first two medals at a national competition. First medals at a national competition even, and I won two!)

(This one is actually a video by one of my coaches, Mitch Berliner, who is the guy in the green shirt in the picture above! It is a pretty basic intro to sabre fencing)