Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Zone

I'm sorry to have to say this and even sorrier that i didn't mention it when it happened but i was busy and forgot so hear it is Timmy got out of his fencing slump just in time to beet Patrick during there challenge and Tim through some strange twist of fate lost to Austin in there challenge i was expecting the opposite outcome in both bouts but it serves as a good reminder that when fencers are at nearly the same level the underdog can often win if his opponent fails to keep his or her emotions in check it is a sad truth but it is a constant that i have seen time and time again. That is why the most necessary quality for any fencer is the ability to get into and stay in the Zone. which is my term for the state of mind wherein you know without thinking what your opponent is going to do and what you must do to counteract it because in fencing things happen so quickly that you don't have time to think only react and if your mind is being slowed by emotions and irrelevant thoughts then your fencing will be seriously impaired. Think that drunk guy you see on the highway going forty and swerving from one side of the highway to the other impaired and you will have a pretty good idea of how much of a difference being in the Zone makes when fencing.

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