We spent 3 hours with a film crew last Saturday on location across St. Louis. The footage is destined for a show that will air on the St. Louis ABC affiliate and another local TV station. But equally exciting is that this footage is being assembled with an eye to national broadcast on a major cable network.
Here are some stills from the video shoot:
Great tournament for us at Vanderbilt University in Nashville TN.
Three of our fencers competed in foil.
TJ had an off day. It wasn’t until his direct elimination bout that he fenced to his potential. But that’s the way things are, some days you just don’t have it.
Shelby fenced better than I expected her to. No medals this time but her fencing keeps getting better.
***UPDATE*** A clerical error at the scorer’s table, once corrected, puts Shelby into 3rd place in Women’s Foil. We discovered it too late for Shelby to receive the Bronze Medal but she did earn it.
Corey told me she thought she had a good day. I told her no, she had an average day, average for her. Corey doesn’t fully understand her potential. She is on the path to being a great fencer. She won the gold medal in the women’s foil category with only two losses all day fencing in a mixed competition. She was one touch from being undefeated in the pool round losing 4-5 to a higher rated male college fencer. Then she lost a well fought Direct Elimination bout to another higher rated male high school fencer, the eventual bronze medalist in the mixed event.
Boys’ Life Magazine? Check.
Encyclopedia Britannica? Check.
Local ABC affiliate? Check.
Adding Nickelodeon and Hallmark networks to the list of media who have run stories about us? Why not?
The TV producer who filmed us at the Adewale Cup is meeting this week to pitch a TV show to network executives.
Absolutely insane. A bunch of kids in a cornfield who don’t know what impossible means…
This weekend we have the opportunity to teach hundreds of teen Boy and Girl Scouts how to fence. The Fall Fun Rally is held each year at Beaumont Scout Reservation near St. Louis. This year they are expecting more than 1000 Scouts from at least 13 states.
Besides teaching fencing, we will be camping and participating is the scores of other activities for the Scouts in attendance.
Might the sounds of crossed swords ring out through the night? You never know. Once we get a couple smores in us we can get a little rowdy!
I recently wrote about marketing the sport of fencing. Here is a youtube video of an advertisement that piggybacks on fencing to prove to the audience that the target product is beautiful and ‘perfect’. The last scene of the ad, the take-away? The product being advertised is just as elegant and perfect as fencing.
And yet, fencing doesn’t market ITSELF as beautiful and perfect. It doesn’t market itself at all.
Advertisements like this should be understood for what they are, a plea from advertisers to let them throw money at the sport. Advertisers desperately want the audience that SHOULD and WOULD exist for fencing.
We recently competed in a large tournament in a major metropolitan convention center. Somewhere around 800 competitors over a 3 day weekend – including some of the top youth fencers in the United States. Tournament organizers had minimal spectator seating, no scoreboards, no announcers. This is typical for events in the United States. Why?
Why no media? Why no advertiser tie-in? Why not spectator friendly? As a sport we need to understand the potential of our product. We need to do better.
What a fun evening. Kayin, Shelby, Corey and Pearce visited Union United Methodist Church in Belleville, Illinois to demonstrate and teach fencing to their Vacation Bible School kids.
Kayin and Corey demonstrate for the kids before we let them try it themselves.
Here, Corey and Shelby are getting ready.
Kayin and Pearce describe the safety equipment we use.
Kayin and Shelby teaching a couple new fencers.
We let everyone have a chance to fence using the foam noodle swords. Even though we had enough fencers to teach 6 students at a time, it still took a couple of hours to get to everyone.
Today, Aug 18 in the Architecture Hall on the 3rd floor, we will be teaching free fencing lessons to everyone who wants to try it. Hope we see you there!
If you can’t make it today, we teach both group and individual fencing classes. Write us at email@example.com for more info or to reserve a spot.
Thank you to all who came to this fun event.
Spectators arrive at the Speakeasy. What is the password?
Our debonair host welcomes a flapper girl.
A trio of pretty flapper girls.
Our bartenders for the evening.
The event was held in honor of Yinka Adewale.
Awesome toe touch from a foil/saber fencer no less!
A couple spectators enjoying a Bees Knees beverage.
Fencing or ballet?
Please join us in a throw-back to the 1920′s when gentlemen (and women) took up arms in friendly combat.
Your $15 ticket entitles you to hors d’eourves, refreshments and an evening of entertainment unavailable anywhere else.
The proceeds from the evening will help support our Girl and Boy Scout fencing team.
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