Saturday, October 30, 2010

Mental conditioning

I'm gonna be running conditioning, with Dru, on Monday and it is going to be a mental and physical torture for everyone details after the fact


Rhode Island Fencing Academy, is where I went yesterday after conditioning with Coach Floyd and Kevin. It was a great experience I got to fence a legitimate A rank not the lucky D level fencer I fenced at the last tournament I attended. I got in 3 maybe 4 touches as apposed to this guy who scored at least 12 touches probably more I couldn't even keep track of the number of touches this guy was getting. Normally I would have tried but I was too preoccupied with dealing with his foil which was more like a bolt of lightning than a piece of steel.

When I fence I use a lot of target displacement. I get down low when I lunge and I twist my body to get out of the way of attacks. This guy figured that out pretty damn quick. He would offer me some bait (an opening) and I would take it, but instead of me getting the point he would parry my blade and do a flick attack making use of the fact that my back was wide open and down low making a perfect target for a flick attack.

This guy is exactly what my coach was talking about, the ability to think several moves ahead of your opponent. This A rank was all over that. It was more than just that though he was like greased lightning, fast, fast, fast, and precise too. that was awesome.

I also got the chance to try out something I had been meaning to. last year I fought defensively which worked out alright but now I think that was a mistake I have a great reach, longer than most high school fencers that is and I should start making use of it so yesterday I tryd going on the offencive against several fencers against the A rank I didn't do all that much offense (was to busy worrying about his offence) but against a different fencer closer to the average level for varsity fencers at other schools I did give the offensive approach a good try and it had fairly good results. I'm still most comfortable with defence but I think from now on I will get better and finding and exploiting openings instead of always waiting for the attack so that I can make a parry repost.

I also learned a new remise attack, which I feel will be a useful addition to my arsenal, by watching Kevin's lessons.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Possible Impending Schedual Change

My high school intends to switch from a 4 block schedule to a 7 block schedule

Some teachers are worried about trying to cram all the material they cover in AP courses into less time, because of the possible schedule change next year.

The administration isn't asking those teachers for their opinions.

You will also notice that nobody is asking about the students opinions either.

Why? because they know what we are all thinking and they don't care. That or their hands are tied.

Even though it won't effect me I can't help but think about it and feel sorry for the people who will get stuck with this crap. and I hate to think about how 20 or 30 years from now when they raise the standards again how kids are going to start having nervous breakdowns, that is of course if this change doesn't do it first.

This is what I was talking about in my last post

Monday, October 18, 2010

Trends of Insanity

educational standards have been increasing exponentially and moral standards have been exponentially decreasing.

I fear that within a few generations teenagers will have even less scruples about premarital sex, and do to an ever increasing amount of information we are expected to learn being crammed into a constant amount of time, many will doubtless begin to question the point of attending school when the vast majority of what they are learning will never be used in their line of work. this has already begun to occur but many will decide that the classes are therefore pointless and stop working or in other cases students may begin to have nervous breakdowns from the immense stress of trying to keep up with their classes

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

One Fear

I used to be afraid of spiders, now I just step on them.
I used to be afraid of the Dark, now I can't sleep with a light on.
I used to be afraid of my parents, well you get the idea.

Right now their is only one thing I'm afraid off.

I'm afraid of getting stuck on the JV team this year. Whoever the poor unlucky bastard that gets stuck on the JV team this year turns out to be will miss out on all of the challenging bouts, and all the excitement. I do not want to be that poor unlucky bastard. That is the only thing which terrifies. I am scarred shitless of being stuck on that JV squad where I would undoubtedly spend my entire season bageling a bunch of first year fencers. I'm better than that, and I want to prove it.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

No Second Chances

This doesn't belong on facebook so I'm posting it here even though the onse that I'm talking to probly won't see it. but here it is. Patrick, Tim, Austin, one of the four of us is going to get shunted into the substitute spot this year. We all new it would come to this, and we are all pretty evenly matched in skill. So from today on I will be doing everyrthing I can to better myself. I'm eating healthy, I'm giving my all at conditioning, I'm going anywhere I think I can get some practice when I have the time. This is my declaration of war. I will except whatever the autcome may be but until the squad is determind even as we help each other improve we are rivals and none of us is gauranteed a spot. Best of luck to us all.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


2 and 1/2 hours of nonstop conditioning, one hot shower, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and half an apple later, I'm about to start homework. yet for some reason my brother has been and is still passed out on the couch someone explain this to me please. Also the turnout for conditioning today was pathetic. we saw only two new faces and were missing plenty of old ones

Monday, October 4, 2010

Tournament: the results

eh lost to Austin in the first DE bout, but I beet an A rank who should probly be a D rank in my pool bouts!

Friday, October 1, 2010

One of Those Days

This has been one of those days where you learn something that makes you feel guilty for having an easy life, a life where the only thing you have to worry about is whether or not you did well on a test, or whether or not you will win some game. compared to my tiny troubles their are people in this world who have to worry about whether or not they will live to see tomorrow. Invisible Children came to our school and gave a presentation today and I coldn't even make a donation because I didn't have any money with me. uh right the invisble children are these kids in Uganda who have been ubducted by the Lords Revolutionary Army led by Joseph Kony, the kids are threatend with death and some are forced to kill their own family members they are taking perfectly normal 11 year old kids and turning them into murders. I'm gonna come right out and say this any country worth living in should be pitching in to put an end to this in fact they should already have been doing so for a long time. Find the leader of these child ubducting mass murdering genocidal bastards, Joseph Kony. send in a couple teams of snipers or get his location and fire a predator missles at him and end it. it's been going on for more than 20 years already. and even though i'm 17 i'm only hearing about it now way to go American media you couldn't aford to mention something this important?! Screw the trial, guys like this need to die, end of discussion. He would get the death sentance anyway, so just save some time, and some lives, and rid this world of this demon.