fencing, man. fencing.

Oct 20
[ID: two coaches and two sabre fencers reacting to a bout happening in front of them.]

The Italian women’s sabre team at Kazan!

[ID: two coaches and two sabre fencers reacting to a bout happening in front of them.]

The Italian women’s sabre team at Kazan!


Oct 19

quirkilycrazed said: Ok, so what does it mean if a tourney is an invitational?? I've heard that it means that it's not just by invitation so I'm so confused

Friend, that is a GREAT question. I have no idea.

The competitions that I’ve been involved in that are called ‘invitationals’ are limited in some way so that anybody off the street can’t just walk in and fence. That is, only certain colleges participate, only high schoolers can fence, etc. Conversely, the ‘Open’ events I’ve been part of are usually mixed-gender mixed-age events, and may not even be USFA-only.

That said, sometimes I see invitational applied to competitions that aren’t limited in any way. I think it’s just to make it look fancy? Fencers love excess words to make things seem fancy. But maybe there’s a real reason and it’s just a secret. Although the fact that I have heard tell of ‘invitational opens’ suggests that it’s just weird verbiage, so.


[ID: a fencer kneeling as he plugs in his foil.]
thealmazhacademy:

11 year old in his first official fencing tournament. He did well, but his coach called him a “gentle soul” and suggested he get more aggressive in his matches. There are worse things than a gentle 11 year old :)

[ID: a fencer kneeling as he plugs in his foil.]

thealmazhacademy:

11 year old in his first official fencing tournament. He did well, but his coach called him a “gentle soul” and suggested he get more aggressive in his matches. There are worse things than a gentle 11 year old :)


Oct 18
[ID: a fencer in whites and a letter-jacket, looking out a window.]
Rest peacefully, Kamara James.

[ID: a fencer in whites and a letter-jacket, looking out a window.]

Rest peacefully, Kamara James.


Oct 17
[ID: a sabre coach teaching a young wheelchair fencer how to parry.]

RJ Lesch (right) working with kids at Courage League Sports!

[ID: a sabre coach teaching a young wheelchair fencer how to parry.]

RJ Lesch (right) working with kids at Courage League Sports!


Oct 16
[ID: a foil fencer in old-style uniform, posing for the camera with her foil and mask.]

'Nydia' for her fencing master, Felix Grave!

[ID: a foil fencer in old-style uniform, posing for the camera with her foil and mask.]

'Nydia' for her fencing master, Felix Grave!


Oct 15
[ID: two epee fencers in close engagement.]
Zach Moss (left) fencing at the 2014 Summer Nationals! I made two gifs from his bouts:

[ID: two epee fencers in close engagement.]

Zach Moss (left) fencing at the 2014 Summer Nationals! I made two gifs from his bouts:


Oct 14
[ID: two sabre fencers immediately after a touch. The fencer on the right is losing her balance and leaning forward into her opponent.]

Dina Galiakbarova (left) against Olga Kharlan!

[ID: two sabre fencers immediately after a touch. The fencer on the right is losing her balance and leaning forward into her opponent.]

Dina Galiakbarova (left) against Olga Kharlan!


Oct 13
[ID: two foilists walking back after a touch.
sportlifeon:

European fencing qualifications Timisoara June 2014

[ID: two foilists walking back after a touch.

sportlifeon:

European fencing qualifications Timisoara June 2014


Oct 12
[ID: two epee fencers practicing. The fencer on the left is hitting her opponent’s shoulder.]

Hannah Provenza and Victoria Kraft!

[ID: two epee fencers practicing. The fencer on the left is hitting her opponent’s shoulder.]

Hannah Provenza and Victoria Kraft!


Oct 11
[ID: a sabre fencer with her mask off and lame open, saluting the camera.]
Abla Francoise Koutoglo!

[ID: a sabre fencer with her mask off and lame open, saluting the camera.]

Abla Francoise Koutoglo!


Oct 10

[ID: two photos of epee fencers in a practice bout.]

nomintsforken:

Intermediate Class | Salle Auriol


Oct 9
[ID: a portrait of a fencer with her mask off.]

E Grant Robinson, as painted by Harold Lisle!

[ID: a portrait of a fencer with her mask off.]

E Grant Robinson, as painted by Harold Lisle!


Oct 8
[ID: a sabre fencer in profile, bending his weapon with his mask tipped up.]
Viktor Sidyak!

[ID: a sabre fencer in profile, bending his weapon with his mask tipped up.]

Viktor Sidyak!


Oct 7
[ID: an epee fencer dropping her mask and shouting after winning a bout.]

Timea Nagy!

[ID: an epee fencer dropping her mask and shouting after winning a bout.]

Timea Nagy!


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