David Cook (davidcook) wrote,
David Cook
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Whee !

Well, I seem to have won a fencing competition today. A foil competition. This is very strange, because ... well, I don't do foil, normally. I'm an epeeist, and I generally plead ignorance of the whole priority thing. Every now and then I have a go at it at training, just for fun, but that's it. Today's comp. was a "48er", a format which consists entirely of a number of rounds of pools, with the seeding for each round based on the cumulative results from the previous rounds. After winning all three bouts in the first round, and none of the three in the second, I hung around in the second ranked pool for two more rounds, but managed to get enough wins to put me back in the top ranked pool at the end, and then, holding a french-grip foil at the end of the pommel, epee-style, managed to win all the bouts in the pool. Of course, I did it mostly with long, quick, simple attacks, or long counter-attacks, but it all worked out quite well in the end ...

(ironically, while I've had a number of epee results I've been happy with over the years, the last time I actually won any competition was a state B grade epee event in Melbourne in 1998 or so.)

Edit: I should note that the top three in each pool in the final round are rewarded, not just in the top-ranked pool. This is what makes the format good for fencers of all experience levels, even a beginner can come along, get lots of fencing in, and come away with a medal after fencing a group of people in the final round who should be around the same level.
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