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    Default Great Coaching Video

    Really good video covering technical tactical and logistical elements of fencing training. It's from 1997 so some of the technical elements may not be as relevant post 2004 but really worth a watch.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y08-ZUHAbvo&t=2899s

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    Fantastic find.

    I can see why Buckie gets so much respect. He must have been way ahead of the game in the US back then. He's still working with the women's foil team too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gav View Post
    Fantastic find.

    I can see why Buckie gets so much respect. He must have been way ahead of the game in the US back then. He's still working with the women's foil team too.
    It's interesting to watch this with the benefit of hindsight. In one section he talk about how US fencers need to get over their feeling of inferiority to European fencers. 20 years later I think they have

    He also talks about how the Russian system which is based on around a full time athlete doesn't work in the US and how his program is based on shorter but very intense sessions.

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    The bit where he talks about hand speed:

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    I would to go to Europe and I would watch what the coaches were doing. I would give a lesson next to them and I would try and get the same feel for what they were doing. Then I would come home and continue. The thing is, when I went back out there I would find either I had got slower or they had got faster, I'd lost it. You need more than one good fencer. You need to to work hard constantly on improving.

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    That is an excellent insight. Elsewhere I've been banging on about culture and in this snippet on hand speed I think Buckie sums up the issues he was having back then. There's definitely a lesson to be learned.
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    Also I think we're getting better at this inferiority thing. When I talk to my fencers I tell them not to buy the b*******t. If you start off thinking they're better by extension you're telling yourself you're worse and that breeds negativity.

    It's not always about winning, put in the work, work hard and the winning will take care of itself. So the question I keep coming back to is: what does success look like?
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