A weekend of refereeing in Denmark

I spent the weekend refereeing the Open Zealand Championships, as the only non-Danish referee. The event was organized by the Trekanten Fencing club, the leading fencing club in Denmark. As a measure of the level at which this club operates, it can be noted that its...

The mental aspects of fencing, illustrated

I had worked long and hard on a big blog post, but developments bypassed it. I hope that I will have the opportunity to return to it. I spend significant time looking at sabre matches on Youtube, in order to become better at refereeing that weapon. The combination of...

One fencing session, two lessons

Back from the fencing session this evening. The lessons that follow are not groundbreaking by any means, but they bear repeating. We were running 10-point bouts today, and in the particular bout referenced here the fencer on the left had done several mistakes so far....

The invito, or faking it on the piste

A fencer´s chances of winning are higher if his opponent does not have a clear picture of his abilities and weaknesses. The fencer can deal with this fact in two ways: either let his opponent get that clear picture without any active hindrance, or attempt to disturb...

Refereeing team events in the RoW weapons

A short note: I hone my sabre refereeing skills by looking at high-level bouts on youtube and calling the point before the real referee calls it. The thought behind that is that I will train myself to become reasonably fast at calling priority situations, and...