Show-Me State Games 2015

We were asked by the State Games of Missouri to run the fencing competition again this year.

Unfortunately, because of vacation schedules and injuries only two of our fencers were able to fence in it. But the rest of us had a good time helping put it on.

We need to thank some friends who without we would not have been able to do it: Chris French, from the Point Fencing Club, Blake Woolley from the University of Illinois fencing team, Parkway Fencing Club, the University of Missouri Fencing team, Geongsik Lee from the University of Missouri/Science and Technology fencing team, and of course our own Yinka Adewale, Tiffany Anderson and Corey Kilgallon.

The venue was courtesy of Columbia College. This picture was taken during the epee competition on Sunday. You can see what a beautiful space this is.
showme epee progress

Men’s and Women’s Saber Medalists:
showme saber

Men’s and Women’s Foil Medalists:
showme foil

Men’s Epee Medalists:
showme men epee

Women’s Epee Medalists:
showme women epee

And finally, we had the honor of hosting a fencer from the Philippines. May Montenegro was visiting family in the States and made a special side trip so she could fence with us.
showme May Montenegro

The Pirate!

Be a Pirate

This is from a tournament on the docks of the Scioto River in downtown Columbus Ohio a few years ago. The fencers are on the top deck of the full size replica of Christopher Columbus’ flagship The Santa Maria, that is moored there.

The fencer on the left is our Brett Beussink. Brett was a high school junior at the time of this picture. He graduated from Illinois State University, Spring 2015.

They held the main tournament on the docks in front of the ship. Then they held an additional ‘one-touch’ epee event on the top deck of the Santa Maria.

This was a VERY cool tournament!!! Probably the best we have ever attended.

Yes, fencers are that awesome!

I threw these together to show our fencers some ideas of what we could do with team photos. We received much positive feedback from other clubs around the world. Yeah! Anyway, here they are:
In the cornfield out front of our practice facility.
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The Grand Basin and the St. Louis Art Museum.
spectacular

Railroad bridge in St. Louis.
be extraordinary

This is more like what we will end up with for individual fencer portraits:
not average3

We have a tentative date of July 10 for our next photo shoot. If the pics turn out good, we will post some here next month.

Master of Arms Competition at the Point Fencing Club

What a fun time. This the second time we have entered this competition. The Point hosts a three weapon tournament each year. The fencer who competes in all three weapons and scores highest overall earns the title of ‘Master of Arms’.

Here’s the thing, a three weapon competition requires A LOT of swords! Here is the repaired and tested Crew arsenal ready to head to the tournament.
master of arms swords

Here is a picture of the Crew resting between the foil and saber competitions. (left to right) Kenny, Shelby, Pearce, Sean, and Tyler, who came to watch his first competition. We expect Tyler to suit up for the next one.
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Kenneth O’Dell fenced foil, epee and saber. Kenny won the bronze medal in foil.

Sean O’Connell fenced foil, epee and saber. He won a bronze medal in epee.
master of arms sean
Shelby Korobey fenced foil and saber but alas, no medals this trip.
master of arms shelby

Thanks goes to the Point Fencing Club for hosting a fun event. And thanks to Sean’s mom Nuray for driving us!

Oh my, women fencers are a scandalous bunch.

Click here for pictures and stories about some of the famous 19th century women fencers.

“In many of these photos, one can sense that “swashbuckling spirit” foreshadowing the rise of early 20th century male theatrical swordsmen such as Douglas Fairbanks, Tyrone Powers, and Errol Flynn. Many of these early swordswomen (especially Menken, Montez, and Hattan) led truly extraordinary lives. I encourage you to click on the individual pictures, and read the text in the accompanying image descriptions, to learn more about who these women were, how they lived…”

Memo to Human Resources: Hire the fencer.

If you ever get a chance to hire a fencer, do it.

I was just at a fairly high level tournament in Atlanta. There were about 100 athletes competing in the various contests that day. These fencers had spent anywhere from fifty to several hundred dollars to travel and enter the competition. Maybe ten of them had a realistic chance to win. Why were the other ninety there?

The answer to that question is why you should hire the fencer.

The competitive fencer has a single minded obsession with success. She trains non-stop to improve herself. Sometimes she will enter a tournament where she has no chance to win just to test herself against better athletes. To her, winning means doing a little better than the last time she tested herself.

This is the kind of employee who will learn your product and your customer. She will be a little better today than she was yesterday. She will be a little better tomorrow than she is today.

The competitive fencer doesn’t quit when the job gets hard. When things don’t go his way, he doubles down on that adversity. He studies his mistakes. Don’t expect him to repeat them. He is prepared to put in long hours with little reward while he builds up his skills until he is ready to be the best.

Give this employee your hardest jobs. He won’t quit until he wins. He wants the challenge.

The competitive fencer learned very early in his fencing career that a fencing tournament waits for no one. He knows that if he is not there on time, he will be booted from the competition.

This employee will show up to work on time!

The competitive fencer fights to win but understands victory is only valuable within the bounds of fair play. She is ethical. The sport of fencing requires a strong belief in sportsmanship. It is common to see a fencer refuse a point awarded to her in error by the referee. She believes that to win an undeserved victory is hollow.

Trust this employee to win within the boundaries of ethical conduct. She will be a beacon for your organization to the community.