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    We have an extremely successful system for...

    We have an extremely successful system for power-based sports in the UK, based on centralised programmes and top quality sports science. And it's easy to see why it works - it creates controlled...
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    Doesn't the centralisation/decentralisation...

    Doesn't the centralisation/decentralisation debate ultimately come down to what kind of economic and cultural conditions exist in your country?

    I suspect that decentralisation and having...
  3. Thread: BF Plans for U23

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    I don't think we're necessarily disagreeing - I...

    I don't think we're necessarily disagreeing - I was more trying to build on part of what you were saying. I think if there is a difference in what we're saying, it might be in priorities. I would...
  4. Thread: BF Plans for U23

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    And a guaranteed out-flux of experienced fencers...

    And a guaranteed out-flux of experienced fencers who struggle to balance their academic careers with fencing on three different circuits (junior, senior, BUCS).

    IMO any policy aimed at this age...
  5. Thread: BF Plans for U23

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    Just to reiterate what's already been said here,...

    Just to reiterate what's already been said here, from the perspective of a 23 year old just out of university, we don't need another circuit. If you're a student fencer you've got the U20, senior and...
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    I have to say, I think it's somewhat draconian as...

    I have to say, I think it's somewhat draconian as a measure - that you can be coerced into providing a sample by someone who's not a police officer, for an infraction which isn't actually a crime in...
  7. Thread: New York Sabre

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    Personally, I don't have an issue with the...

    Personally, I don't have an issue with the concept of people getting points for finishing in the top 96.

    However, I think the requirement to have survived a round of DE is an important one. The...
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    Great news that they're finally getting the ball...

    Great news that they're finally getting the ball rolling with TASS again. It's a pity the press release is so badly written.
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    Racism can include national origin - for example,...

    Racism can include national origin - for example, it is possible to hold racist view about Pakistani people even though Pakistani is a national identity, not an ethnic one.

    However, I'm with you...
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    The more exceptions I see, the more I start to...

    The more exceptions I see, the more I start to question whether there is a rule.

    As for Marcus' fundamental technique, we shall see. I'm not a great analyst of international foil, but very few...
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    Interesting fact for you all to throw into the...

    Interesting fact for you all to throw into the mix: when Ma Jianfei was 24, he finished the season ranked 225th and had previously not been higher than 83rd. He is now world number 1.

    I do think...
  12. Thread: Senior Europeans.

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    Sorry to burst your bubble but I have no personal...

    Sorry to burst your bubble but I have no personal axe to grind here, I just don't like the intro - I think the production is poor, which irritates me because these guys are being paid when I know...
  13. Thread: Senior Europeans.

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    Personal favourite this year was their little 2...

    Personal favourite this year was their little 2 minute intro/glorified vanity card, which from a technical point of view (editing, shot composition and selection, camera work, choice of music,...
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    BF Looking For new Sword Editor

    http://britishfencing.com/news/latest-news/?n=1102

    I have to say, given the number of hours I know this probably involves and the standard of the finished product, I'm surprised the role is...
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    *Any other coach.

    *Any other coach.
  16. Thread: St Petersbourg

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    Just noticed from the results that Ota Yuki is...

    Just noticed from the results that Ota Yuki is back - fantastic news, always good to watch!
  17. Thread: MS Madrid 2014

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    The Spanish are stronger than they look on paper...

    The Spanish are stronger than they look on paper as well - our team may be higher ranked, but the Spanish have got some strong individuals (Casares and Moreno) and are probably ranked lower than they...
  18. Thread: Car sticker ideas

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    Fencers do it three ways.

    Fencers do it three ways.
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    Worth pointing out that this is an old timings...

    Worth pointing out that this is an old timings lesson, so the coach is probably trying to simulate the kind of flicking presentations that the fencer would actually get in a match.
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    It actually says 'I will take care of the...

    It actually says 'I will take care of the refereeing, but the lowest price is 150 euros per day. Please can you confirm these terms.'

    It seems a slightly bizarre response to me - what was the...
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    Just to be clear, this is my definition of...

    Just to be clear, this is my definition of 'young'. Does that make me old?
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    I'm stating that as a referee if a fencer left my...

    I'm stating that as a referee if a fencer left my piste to go and ask DT for me to be changed, I would give them a card. Dem's the rules after all. In the unlikely event I was on DT, I would likewise...
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    The problem is, the rule regarding coaching is...

    The problem is, the rule regarding coaching is not enforced properly at all, anywhere, all the way up to Olympic level.

    The only place it seems to be (intermittently) enforced is on the British...
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    1) One light 2) Provide a competent referee...

    1) One light

    2) Provide a competent referee who isn't fencing on either team to cover ALL the refereeing.

    3) Don't be tempted to 'fix it back' to make back points you felt you were screwed out...
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