Episode 36: A Year in Review

Gav and Sean look back on the 2017/18 season and pick out their highlights and star performers. We have some sad news with the passing of several fencing greats in recent weeks. We also look forward to the upcoming season and what will bring a smile to our faces. Gav promises to watch more sabre and makes a confession about his worship of Max. Sean gambles on his knowledge of women's epee and continues to be enthused by women's sabre. We talk about our plans for the coming season.

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Episode 35: A long discussion ... Wuxi 2018

Finally!
Sorry for the delay Gav moved house, Sean moonlighted as a sports commentator! Our duo look back at the 2018 World Championships from Wuxi, China. We have various grumbles but agree the World Championships were a magnificent event. We cover all the action and offer our usual forthright opinions about who was great, who wasn't and who is the Coolest Fencer on the Planet. We also talk about our plans for next season.
All the playlists for the World Championships are on Fencing Vision (along with the live streams from Newcastle...)

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Episode 34: Kate & Alex Beardmore plus Richard Kruse

In this episode Sean's interviews more of Great Britain's leading foilists.

Kate and Alex Beardmore are the sister and brother team that propelled Kate to the top of the British women's foil rankings. Kate has ambitions to reach the very top of international level. We approve!

Richard Kruse probably doesn't need an introduction. He  is a serial winner of world class events and has been the spearhead of British fencing's recent success. What a guy! Find out what makes him tick.

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Episode 33: We cast the runes...

The dust has settled on the season, the fencers have fought and now it's time for Sean and Gav to sit down and scry what might happen in the World Championships in Wuxi, China. We cast the runes, Gav investigates the gribbly bits of Epee, Sean tries his hand at a bit of Sabre divination.

Where the stars in alignment? We'll only know once the World Championships are over...

Episode 32 Interviews: Ben Paul & Jon Willis

It's a bit quiet with season's end and run-up to the Wuxi World Championships. A few weeks ago Sean sent himself to London to visit the Leon Paul Fencing Centre to speak with our lovely sponsors and a few fencers.

Ben Paul is one of the Director's of Leon Paul and part of the Paul family.

Jon Willis was British Fencing's top Mens Epeeist for many years and won Heidenheim. He currently manages the Leon Paul Fencing centre (which is pretty swish).
 

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Episode 31: A Great End to the Season

We wrap up the regular season with the action from Madrid* men's sabre World Cup in Madrid, Grand Prix epee from Cali in Colombia and the women's sabre World Cup in Tunis. Gav gets all excited about a new Korean epeeist, another fencer gets added to Sean's list of favourite female sabreurs (if you're not on the list, are you even a female sabreur?). Gav confesses he has been watching sabre this season** but has waited until the end of the season to announce this fact. We delve into the murky world of Russian sports politics and we will see democracy restored with a new Twitter poll for Coolest Fencer on the Planet. We have a bunch of great interviews almost ready for release

*(after Sean does his homework - ed.)
**(Gav's an epeeist, it was a tough admission for him)

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Madrid Men’s Sabre Individual finals https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m72hgOGV5wE&index=2&list=PLOc5neYoyve3LI4gfJm5d8trZvvOQ0TJe

Madrid’s Men’s Sabre Team finals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aNY9gFCcig&list=PLOc5neYoyve3LI4gfJm5d8trZvvOQ0TJe&index=3

Cali Epee Grand Prix finals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fRgWrswuJE&t=7674s

Tunis Women’s Sabre Individual playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMypS55MruA&list=PL_pQQho0KExwE7k-PFDL-YB3eohFQurt9

Tunis Women’s Sabre Team playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAWeM9ivpgI&list=PL_pQQho0KExzpZW7hNc6V16-y5RBewGX7

Pozdnyakov becomes President of Russian Olympic Committee: https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-pozdnyakov-new-olympic-committee-head-doping/29257660.html

Episode 30: A grab bag of Epee, Sabre and Foil

We talk about the Moscow Sabre Grand Prix - Queen Velikaya returns and we find out who scares Sean. Gav's been watching the SNCF Reseau men's epee from Paris. Oldies dominate the podium and Sean doesn't feel encouraged to watch the team event. And finally we look at the Shanghai Foil Grand Prix with mixed feelings of joy and inevitability. Gav's previously hitherto unknown obsession with Quavers* becomes apparent...

Our flirtation with democracy comes to an end as Sean imposes his coolest fencer on the planet**!

Video links below:

Moscow Sabre Grand Prix
Mens Sabre
Womens Sabre

SNCF Reseau Paris
You can watch it all here on the French Federation's youtube channel.

Shanghai Grand Prix
Womens Foil
Mens Foil

*Editor's Note: Quavers are a delicious cheese flavour potato-based snack. They don't sponsor us but probably should.
**Power to the people, who's with me? -Gav

Episode 29: The "Names" episode & Sean talks to Georgina Usher

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It's episode 29! Sean and Gav discuss names. Specifically Hungarian names.... it seems we get them all wrong. To help us all YouTuber CyrusofChaos has produced this helpful video*.  Continuing with this theme Gav noticed that French, french grip epee, fencer Laurence Epee. We think she is the most approriately named athlete in the sport. We're struggling to find anyone better - can you?

Sean catches up with Georgina Usher and this time it's all about her career. Some interesting insights both into the politics of our sport from her youth and also what it takes to "make it".

Results round-up

Tauber Women's foil final https://youtu.be/qQ2pyzPIDas

Dubai women's epee individual finals https://youtu.be/ErL8LLBZMhg

Dubai women's epee team finals https://youtu.be/eHucmW1PECU

St Petersburg men's foil individual final https://youtu.be/vg5M4yojQnk

St Petersburg men's foil team final https://youtu.be/LatyLCHORfw

*Gav is still confused... -Ed.

Episode 28: Seoul GP plus loads of junior and cadet worlds!

Welcome to Episode 28. Sean and Gav have a ton of results  to  get through in this episode.

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This episode's big discussion is about the Junior & Cadet World Championships. This year they took place in Verona Italy. On the senior circuit our last big competition was the Seoul Grand Prix which had begun as we were finishing off our last episode.

Seoul Grand Prix:
You can see all of the Seoul Action over on the FIE Fencing Channel.
Mens and Women's Finals sessions: https://youtu.be/HEmWknrAqrA
It's one big stream but worth your time. Be amazed as Szilagyi makes everyone look like amateurs!

Junio & Cadet World Championships:
There's more footage than you can shake a foil at. We suggest heading over to the Fencing Vison youtube channel and looking through their playlists. The finals sessions are also on the FIE Fencing channel. A couple of highlights to whet you appetite.
JME SF: MIdelton (fra) v Nguefack (fra) https://youtu.be/Ik6MHLqCWBI

JWF: Ueno (jpn) vs Faveretto (ita). https://youtu.be/dIbAryOehxI
(Warning this one is a scorcher!)

In other news:
US Fencing has adopted the FIE  mandated "soft covered chest protector". This has been coming for a while but it's interesting to see a major fencing nation adopt it so suddenly. Shout out to BetterFencer.com (great article on stretching). And a big up to welovefencing.com who also provide tournament write up. 

And here's our big BIG QUESTION: How much does it cost to stream a video tournment? And what's the minimum standard you'll accept?

Episode 27: Foil, Epee and Sabre!

Episode 27: Foil, Epee  and Sabre!

Full house in this episode as Gav & Sean catch up on the latest action in all three weapons!

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The Fencing action in this episode:

Athens Sabre World Cup:
Individual SF and finals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67iGt718Pi0
Teams: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDNtSaZX63A

Warsaw Mens Sabre World Cup
All of the action can be found on this handy Fencing Vision playlist: https://youtu.be/TOfJ6l4sE0c

Anaheim Mens and Womens Foil Grand Prix
Playlists are available for each event: Womens Foil GP Anaheim & Mens Foil GP Anaheim

Budapest Womens and Mens Epee Grand Prix
More Playlist action: Mens Epee Budapest GP &

Editor's note: We're big fans of playlists. It makes it easy to find all of the action and the bout collectsions are good. A wee suggestion for Youtube: make it easier to list and search channels!