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Rapier, Costuming, Blah, Blah, Blah . . .

I have been feeling constantly tired lately.

I am not sure whether it is stress, overtraining, or something else. Maybe it is a little bit from column a) and a little bit from column b). This has resulted in my missing a bunch of gym days for the past two weeks. The fact that our personal trainer has transferred to another gym and left our program pretty much in the air doesn't help either.

The PT issue is easy to solve. He was promoted to training manager at another branch, but he'll work up a schedule in order for him to finish with the sessions he owe us. Either that, or refer us to another trainer at our gym. It is a pity, because we like him very much, in spite of the fact that we have never been so mercilessly tortured by anyone else like that before.

But the constant sense of fatigue does worry me.

Amazingly enough, in spite of all of the above, my endurance was pretty good last night at fencing practice. Perhaps it is because I have had enough sleep -- finally -- or perhaps because it was not as hot and humid as last week.

This is pretty encouraging. If my fatigue is due to lack of sleep and excess of training, this might mean that during these past two weeks my body has been getting the rest it needed, and that I will be ready to rock and roll by next week. If not, then I will have to start thinking about getting a medical check-up. I hope it's the former and not the latter.

And speaking of rapier, I have been working on several things, and slowly but surely it's beginning to show. For one thing, I have realized that one of my problem areas is that I do not lunge. This is probably due to the fact that, when I started rapier 8 years ago, my hips were not in good shape. Therefore, I never learned to lunge properly.

Nowadays, however, thanks to a healthy regimen of exercise and nutrition, this is not the case, so now I need to unlearn that bad habit and get myself into the frame of mind of lunging. I've been trying this at each practice, and little by little it's beginning to pay off. I do hope that by the end of the summer I will have mastered this technique.

Here's to hope.

The other point is tuning-up my footwork. You see, I love having a low, and very wide stance. It works very well for me. However, I have been trying to narrow my stance down a bit, which will allow for smoother movement. The trick is doing this without affecting my low stance too much. This is another area where I feel I am making progress too. This relaxing and tightening of my stance has resulted on a tighter defense. I still need to improve my offense, but hey, one thing at a time.

And speaking of offense, I am also trying more single/multiple intention attack combos. Changing my guards more often and working on my timing is another point of improvement. Marcellus thinks that I am not allowing my opponents to set up as I used to. Yay me!

I finally feel that I am getting somewhere.

This weekend, I intend to work on my gathered petticoat. Hopefully, I will have it finished by Sapphire.

It is funny, with kirtles. Just today I was telling greta_k that whipping out this 16th Century gathered petticoat had been almost a breeze, even if it was my first one, whereas I am still freaking out about cutting the 15th Century fitted gown that charlgirlgenius helped me fit.

Perhaps it is because at this point I understand how 16th Century clothes work, having researched and made plenty of them, whereas I am not yet sure about 14th and 15th Centuries. I am sure once I get the hang of it, I'll whip out those suckers like nobody's business.

And now, I'll get ready to go home. It is a beautiful Friday, and I am looking forward to the weekend.

Happy Friday to y'all!


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May. 19th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)
The trogdor thing is v. disturbing.
May. 19th, 2007 02:22 am (UTC)
Fear the Burninator!
May. 19th, 2007 12:59 pm (UTC)
Because I am OCD for fencing....
My fencing is, at most practices, generally worthless because I almost never get enough sleep during a week. It really affects me. I can't imagine anyone *not* feeling fatigued if they're exercising and not sleeping enough.

Not lunging is something I have noticed has infected not just a lot of people, but a lot of entire regions. You are lucky to have discovered Capo Ferro, in that he lays out the lunge better than anyone, IMO; I can show you the recovery for it that alleviates any and all strain on the front knee-- you just collapse your back leg and your body will straighten without pushing off much on the front at all. Pay attention to your hilt when you are in terza; your right pectoral muscle should be in the same space when you complete the lunge-- that's a really easy way to tell if you have it right.

Capo Ferro's stance has about 80% of the weight on the back leg, which makes for a faster, smoother lunge and certain footwork quirks that are easier to show than explain with words. Remind me at SJ and I'll be happy to show you. Start building those quads now. ;)

As far as offense/defense, find the sword/stringer/engage/etc. to close the line from their point to your body. If you do, think all attacks in a straight line, and if not, think cavazione.

Capo Ferro humorously says that feints are bad because, in theory, good people won't fall for them, but will hit you when you feint. He then goes on to demonstrate dozens of plates involving feints because it apparently turns out that, in practice, most people aren't that good. :P
May. 21st, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Because I am OCD for fencing....
Hey, OCD is good. Especially when it comes to rapier.

(Or, as in my case, costuming as well ;-)

Thanks a gazillion for the advice. I am looking forward to geeking with you on CP at Sapphire :-D
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