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

Shout out to our sponsors over at Leon Paul. There's rumours of a new wireless project on the go... we're very curious!

Also thanks to our patreons because you keep everything running. If you want to join in the fun, follow this link: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=4988869

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.

First off thanks to our sponsors over at Leon Paul. This is our first episode with our new recording equipment.

You patreons keep everything running too. If you want to join in the fun, follow this link: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=4988869

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!

We've had some good news. Leon Paul will sponsor us again this year so we're looking at  attending a few more events. We're excited and hope you are too! Leon Paul aren't the only cool people out there there's also our patrons.

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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!

Episode 26: We chat to Kate Sierra and catch up on results

Rejoice! Episode 26 is finally here. Sean and Gav are back after the excitement of Paris with a ton of World Cup action.
We interview fellow podcaster Kate Sierra (Of The Sabre Coach Kate Podcast).

From the CIP we reflect on Garozzo making  friends with the locals while USA juggernaut marches on. In Womens Foil Deriglazova hands out a thumping (and we mean a thumping) and  to our joy Volpi seals a win! In Mens Sabre Dershwitz may or may not have been magnificent. Gav’s Japanese epee love affair gets more fuel (Ed: he's in love) and contains your astonishment as he admits he's seen a time when non-combativity was ok. Its clear in Womens Epee in Barcelona that Hugh Obry packed his pixie dust. And in late breaking news we see Cheremisinov remembering how to fence.

We also pick our Coolest Fencer on the Planet and ask you, our listeners, to help us become social media influencers.

Useful links

Paris MF teams final USA v ITA: https://youtu.be/FB7JGtJ6BRU

Katowice WF Individual final: https://youtu.be/xQdO_7vm4K8

Heidenheim (excellent) ME Individual final: https://youtu.be/Rp5xrQpidYI

Algiers WF Individual finals: https://youtu.be/8yTUrkI-tyI

Baltimore WS Individual finals: https://youtu.be/RNMvn-jgqX8

Barcelona WE Individual finals: https://youtu.be/_SI5KImqjDg

Bonn MF Individual finals https://youtu.be/vOt-CM02EUc

Our thanks to Leon Paul. https://www.leonpaul.com/ They are our cool sponsors who make cool kit.

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Bonjour from Paris

Bonjour from Paris

Last weekend were in Paris for our yearly trip the Paris Challenge International de Paris.

For us the action started on Friday morning when Sean was on site for initial the phases of the tournament. He also managed to sit down with Enzo Lefort, Alex Massialas and Ben Paul from Leon Paul. After surviving Parisian traffic, Gav trundled into town with his photo gear that evening.

As usual the CIP was a great tournament with lots of drama throughout the day.  We managed to sit down after the major sessions throughout Saturday to give our impressions.

The event is available to stream on youtube via FFEscrime, here's the link to their playlist:


We'd like to give a massive shout out to our pals at FFEscrime for making our visit really enjoyable.

And also to our sponsors Leon Paul for helping sort out everything for us.

Be cool, be like our other Patreon supporters here: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=4988869 

Episode 24: Tis the Season.... of Grand Prix

Welcome to Episode 24.

Our usual shout out to the patrons. You guys rock. Be cool, be like our other Patreon supporters here: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=4988869

And be sure to check out our sponsors www.LeonPaul.com fine guys, fine fencing equipment!
It's all go in fencing with the Grand Prix season fully under way.

But first a little news. If you are at all aware of the latest sporting news you might have heard that Russia has been banned from the upcoming Winter Olympic games. Following the announcement the FIE President has released a letter to the IOC expressing his indignation. We have a chat about that.

Russia's Winter Ban: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/winter-sports/42242007

The FIE's letter to the IOC: https://www.facebook.com/thefencingpodcast/posts/376772649412639

Fencing Action:

A single World Cup took place in Gyor Hungary.

Gyor Men’s Sabre Individual World Cup finals https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdWh_pDmZWI&t=8114s
Gyor Men’s Sabre Team World Cup finals https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYcyq_NQ43o

Turin Women’s Foil Grand Prix finals https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zo_4PxqCHls&t=5161s
Turin Men’s Foil Grand Prix Finals https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5Zot1HpikU&t=4618s

Doha Men’s & Women’s Epee Grand Prix finals https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_dQ2RYss04

Cancun Women’s Sabre Grand Prix finals https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jP473hELf_k&t=4143s
Cancun Men’s Sabre Grand Prix finals https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbeWf7XhTL

Episode 23: The Season Continues...

Welcome to Episode 23.

We discuss Ibtihaj Muhammad's new barbie (great news) and Gav mentions a book of stories for young girls. Sean has another suggestion for the "boring epee" problem.

And we pick our first Coolest Fencer on the Planet!

We catch up with all of the results. Footage was hard to find his time around, more on that in the podcas, resuls from:

Mens Sabre  from Algiers:
Individual finals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyvFFUjJJ4o
Team Finals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQ9AZrQ8yKw

Womens Sabre from St Niklaas WS (Gav's pretty sure there used to be a big epee comp here too!)
Individuals (finals): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxkvFyCALNQ
Teams (Final): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJEy8aBnqDymMIcJCh72gMw#
Rest is all here on Kabcom.

Womens Epee from Souzhou
No Streams just results:
Individual: http://fie.org/competitions/2018/97/results/rank
Teams: http://fie.org/competitions/2018/452/results/rank

Mens Epee Legnano ME,
We were suprised that there was nothing for this either. Where we wrong? Let us know.
Individual: http://fie.org/competitions/2018/108/results/rank
Teams: http://fie.org/competitions/2018/823/results/rank
Note; at the time of recording Gav couldn't remember how old Berta is, he's 23.

Womens Foil action from St Maur
Watch the actions on the FFEscerime Youtube channel:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSjeeZaP92mdOICSXsaGdiw/videos

Tokyo MF
Again, a lack of video. It was streamed live but because it was the middle of the night we don't think many people have seen it locally. And that's a real shame considering the results ... 
Individual: http://fie.org/competitions/2018/137/results/rank
Teams: http://fie.org/competitions/2018/206/results/rank

Our usual shout out to the patrons. You guys rock. Be cool, be like our other Patreon supporters here: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=4988869

And be sure to check out our sponsors www.LeonPaul.com fine guys, fine fencing equipment!

Episode 22: We're back, Hooray!

It feels like an age since we last recorded but here we are, it's a new fencing season and a new episode to go with it. We apologise for the delay, there's been some unavoidable production delays.

Sean and Gav have a lot to go over: Women's Epee action in Tallin, Women's Foil action, Berne Mens Epee and Women's Sabre from Orleans (featuring chocolate). Gav makes an admission...

+++News News News+++
We hear some news in births section of the sport (congrats all!) and Sean and Gav discuss celebrity fencing gear.
And here's a question: How DO we fix epee??

Streams and Results

Womens Foil Cancun
Results are here: http://fie.org/competitions/2018/125/results/rank

Check out the official Stream here: https://www.facebook.com/federacionmexicanadeesgrima/

We want to hear your thoughts.

Cairo Mens Foil
Watch the finals session here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/EgyFencing/videos/?ref=page_internal
Is there a better backdrop for any other tournament?!?

Berne Mens Epee
Finals session: https://youtu.be/F1mgO55eaD4
Check the Youtube channel for more

Orleans Sabre
Note:  this is the link to the final. To watch the L8 and up you will need to go this channel and watch each fight individually. In some ways this is a great way to present Sabre, in other ways it makes it difficult for us!!

Talinn Womens Epee
These is all we've found. (Cheers welovefencing.com)

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Episode 21: The End of Season 1

It's been ann amazing year. If you'd asked us at the start we wouldn't have predicted that we'd have amazing patrons, an amazing sponsor in Leon Paul and have an amazing time time at the World Championships. That's a lot of amazing.
No one could predict that Sean would become Sabre's number 1 fan, Gav would sing the praises of Womens Foil or that both of our podcasters would still be here almost a year later with much left to say.
And that's what this episode is all about. We take a look back at the year and chat about some of our highlights. Unfortunately this also means Gav has to get something off his chest...

Sean's highlights:

Womens Epee:
Besbes vs Kolubova at Doha GP Final: https://youtu.be/IrCiIOVvRlg

Mens Epee:
Kweon vs Novosjolov Doha GP Semi-final: https://youtu.be/GrJHz0bFL-c

Womens Sabre:
Kharlan vs Egorian Tunis Semi Final: https://youtu.be/jZCLvMHd2g8

Mens Sabre:
Gu vs Szilagyi Moscow GP Semi Final: https://youtu.be/3mrRpTX5zTA

Womens Foil
Kiefer vs ErrigoTunis Gp: https://youtu.be/69XBM2SdEkk

Mens Foil
Kruse vs LePechoux Shanghai GP Semi Final: https://youtu.be/xejoICEMyfQ

USA vs Japan Junior World Championships: https://youtu.be/nhuILeNcLXs?t=9367

Gavs Highlights:

Womens Epee:
Listen to the podcast

Mens Epee:
Minobe vs Jung Budapest final: https://youtu.be/BrNInUKrS6k

Womens Sabre:
Vecchi vs Besbes Leipzic World Championship Semi Final: https://youtu.be/BqwvMwD-f8w

Mens Sabre:
Oh vs Gu Gyor final: https://youtu.be/s_FA69rF1-I

Womens Foil:
Keife vs Ross Tunis GP Final: https://youtu.be/UehzFpQYRuw
(yes it's a cop-out)

Mens Foil:
Foconi vs Massialas Torino GP Final: https://youtu.be/O8Vl-D_UcgQ?t=3091

Fra vs Rus European championships:
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