First off, our team has had to say goodbye to multiple members as they departed off to college.
But with the that came new blood and the next generation of talent.
Olympian Cody Mattern is now the NWFC’s primary Epee coach!
Second, we have had some strong results from our newest competitive members who took home 3 medals from summer nationals.
We have also have a new Vet world team champion at our club
And much much much more has changed. Perhaps I will post more on it later
Behold the French National Team with Erwan Le Pechoux on the right
A cut from painting done by my Aunt(Paula Green)
It was based off a photo of my Coach “Simon Abram” of the Northwest Fencing center.
A few random Pics from the past year
(Top- Une Touche/ NWFC Fencers in the gold medal bout)
(Left- Portland NAC/ Chris Colley jumping)
(Right- Portland NAC/ Simon Abram vs Jerry Cheng)
NAC Portland came to a close with Race Imboden vs Gerek Meinhardt, Race winning the Gold.
In the video above is part of the Semi Finals bout between Meinhardt and Massialas.
The camera Battery died sadly so you dont get to see the full bout.
In the end Meinhardt defeats teammate Massialas 15-14 due to a red card penatly on Massialas’s part by accidentally covering target(I saw the slow replay and I believe the call was questionable but that is how it is in competition)
Congratulations to Meinhardt, Massialas and Imboden aswell as NWFC(and OSU Student) fencer Christopher Colley for making 8th place in Div1.
Also Congrats to NWFC Fencer(soon to be coach) aswell as Olympian Cody Mattern for taking Gold in Div1 Mens Epee.
NWFC fencer Lacey Burt-Abram ties for 3rd after 4 years of VERY little time training and no competition.
Internationally “Preparation” and “Attack in Preparation” are called more frequently so if you watched the video below you observed how often in US Foil fencers are not afraid to rush the opponent with the blade hidden.
In the Video above Massialas is again on the right but notice his game changes completely and he seldom rushes with his blade in absence.
This is because even if he finishes and hits before being timed out the opponent still gets priority because he performed an attack with extension of the blade while the US fencer would still be in “Preparation”.
The lesson is simple, Keep you blade in Engarde when in distance while fencing Internationally.
US National Right of way:
The interpretation of Priority in USA foil has more to do with the person moving forward than the extension of of the arm.
A US fencers game is more commonly about hiding the blade and finishing the attack without being parried.
Take the short video above as an example, watch the fencer on the right(Alexander Massialas) and how he hides the blade and fights with a “short arm” strategy and when he attacks he pushes the opponent (David Willete) backward almost uncontested.