Well in less than 24 hours I will be outbound to the epee fencing competitions in Seattle. Saturday morning the Mixed Epee has 69 pre-registered participants including 15 A rated men and is looking to be an A4 event USFA event (the highest rated event they have). There are 18 clubs represented including Nevada, Georgia, Oregon, Alaska, Washington, California and Canada. Sunday is the women’s epee with 22 fencers including Linda’s first competition (assuming we can find her some regulation breeches in Seattle).
I was supposed to be doing some final practice with a left handed epee fencer tonight only I am trying to recover from a cold before the weekend. Nervous? Heck yes! Facing 50+ guys rated higher than me. Unlike the women I don’t think fencing someone over six foot is going to throw them that much. Once again I will at the bottom of the pools, fighting against tougher opponents. I do however have a few advantages. Recently, I’ve decided that the calm strategic fencing is fine for Canadian competitions but when I go down to the US; it is time to open up a can of “Whoop-ass”. Ha ha ha! I remember Alex Edelman’s face the first time I drove at his knees, hitting his ankle. For some reason he thought I was insane. Hmmm, funny that. I’d like to come in the top 32; but there is little REALISTIC chance of that; other than that I suppose I would like not to be so badly bruised or injured that I can’t continue the next day. Honestly I just can't pass up the chance of having so many top epeeists and not at least trying to scare the living bejeesees out of them: Live the Dream!
On Monday, two male club members really offended me by assuming that if I could see someone was injured, I would hit that injury intentionally to win the bout. I told them if I thought someone was injured I would ask the ref that they be medically checked. They thought I was joking. “You know you would hit them” one said to me, “I’ve seen how competitive you are.” Yes, competitive to fencing someone’s best, not competitive as in possibly giving someone a lasting injury in order to win a bout. Linda said this was “male thinking.” I vacillated on condemning most males, that was until I found the same topic on the US Fencing Net where they gave two examples and asked, would you, knowing these weaknesses, intentionally change your strategy to increase the pain and possibility of injury of your opponent in order to help you win? Current poll says 26 people (all male but one) say yes, one person says no. To those who said “yes” I posed a counter question, “In a mixed epee competition, would you recommend a female who is facing a male without a protective cup, to maybe risk losing two points in order to deliver the strongest possible force full extension lunge directly into the man’s genitals, which are a legal target?” (my total commitment full force lunge has enough force to slide my whole body forward a foot and lift a male weighting 150 pounds off the ground – remember, I can do one armed naked pushups)). Of course, I don’t do that (push-up's: yes, groin destruction: no), though I did recently, after being very tired of one fencer who kept doing full aggressive lunges every single time, in an attempt to convince him to try something else, extended and locked my arm pointing directly at his crotch so that if he did a full lunge without engaging my blade first, he would impale his genitals directly onto the blade. He lunged anyway. I’m still puzzling out that particular choice. (And people call being lesbian a “lifestyle choice”? When a guy would rather get a point HIS WAY rather than avoid getting hit in the groin, doesn’t that seem like a “lifestyle choice”?)
Anyway, I plan to laugh a lot; and hopefully that won’t scare as many people as it did last tournament. Birgit Salas has just signed up for the women’s epee and her husband for the mixed so are you thinking what I am thinking? “Rematch! Rematch! Rematch!” Note to any guys who fence me; if you are one of those people who start yelling during points or matches – I can and will scream louder and higher than you can (I won a children’s screaming contest when I was 10 – not good at athletics – however, always had BIG MOUTH). So unless you want it to sound like a combination of trailer trash sex and a hissy fit, you might want to rethink the shouting factor.
See ya in Seattle.
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