Fencing North and Fencing South have increased their Epee training capability. Graham Payne (coach at Auckland Swords) and David Barson (coach at Claymore Swords and Otago University) recently participated in an Oceania Fencing Master Academy (OFMA) Level 1 Epee Coach training course at the Fencing Institute in Christchurch. The course was conducted for the coaches by Maître Martin Brill, our 1988 Olympic Epee finalist, and assisted by Adrian Saw and Chris Bell in roles of very willing pupils.
The coaches Graham Payne and David Barson must now complete practical coaching and will certainly be looking for fencers interested in learning to fence epee or simply to develop epee skills further.
We thank everyone involved in making this initiative possible which ultimately increases the opportunities for our fencers.
Further comment from Martin Brill: I was really impressed at Graham's and Dave's ability to absorb the many facets and produce some really good epee coaching skills. In spite of having to compress the information into three full days of coaching and the danger of “overload” and their “circuit breakers tripping” they handled it very well. They learned the coaching cues well, picked up the intense tempo and rhythm of the epee lessons and were able to create sequences which chained together up to at least eight hitting actions involving all the forward targets including thigh and foot).
Now they are already coaching and Graham and Dave seem to be just a little bit competitive on seeing who can get the most practice lessons in. That has to be good, not only for them but also for the fencers who now have another opportunity available to them.
All power to their arms … they will need it wearing an epee sleeve!
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