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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 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

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Episode 14: Grand Prix round up, Sean chats with Cecila Berder

Quite a lengthy episode this time around. There's tons to get through as the season winds down in preparation for the World Championships.

Finance has been an issue for Fencing for a very long time but it seems Fencing's main backer, Alisher Usmanov has solved that.
One day, while on Twitter, Gav stumbed across a link to coaching advice from Italian coach Cipressa. He clicked it thinking it would be a simple piece about the man and his methods... But he'd actually wandered into the Athlete Hub. It contains tons of valuable information. Sean had already seen the hub but then he's seen everything! Check it out: 

http://onlinecourse.olympic.org/local/login/index.php
If you're an athlete or coach can thank us later.

BetterFencing.com have released a really great article on keeping your kit smell free. Gav complains that his foul stench is part of his game! https://betterfencer.com/articles/how-to-care-for-fencing-equipment
SabreCoachKate joins the podcast party. It's nice to know we're not alone out there. http://sabrecoachkate.libsyn.com/

Results Round Up!
Bogota Epee Grand Prix! Then it's off to Moscow for the Epee Grand Prix. You can find the fights here on the FIE Fencing Channel: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdNA_ybrJjfkfpwSbQXrmNpiG7TO9bHh-

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Episode 9: Long Beach GP, The Junior & Cadet World Champs

Episode 9: Long Beach GP, The Junior & Cadet World Champs

The only recent senior action happened in the Long Beach Foil Grand Prix. Our duo discuss the highlights. James Davis and Marcus Mepstead send in their thoughts following the tournament.

Video from the event can be found here: https://youtu.be/bXlzMDXh_QM

We look forward to the upcoming Cadet and Junior World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Gav hopes it isn't held in a car-park and fails his Bulgarian history exam. The podcasters throw the runes and divine who might be worth looking for at the event. We're really looking forward to this and will watch it to the bitter end.

More information here: http://fencingplovdiv.com/world/

The FIE have released a new Video magazine. Sean watched it, liked it and offers somethoughts.

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Episode 8: Death to 3m Sabre! We also chat to Georgina Usher

In our latest show we:

Discuss coaching moves: We wonder, why we only ever hear about Foil coaches, occasionally Sabre coaches and almost never about what's happening in the world of Epee? Why is that? If anyone has any thoughts, let us know.

Bring you up to date with results. Not many this time around but we're surprised by Epee. Gav tries to control his glee.

Sean gets an update on the FIE from Dave Baker. The biggest news is the demise of the Russian Box of Death.... long live 4m Fencing!

And finally Sean catches up with Georgina Usher CEO of British Fencing. British Fencing has lost its funding from UK Sport. This is obviously bad news which has culminated in the mothballing of the World Class Programme and yet there's hope...

If you have some spare cash please give generously to British Fencing Crowdfunder http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/fundfencing

Next time we will prep you for the Junior and Cadet World Championships*!

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*We hope it's not held in a Bulgarian car park.

Episode 1 - An Olympic Recap and interview with James Davis

The Fencing Podcast, episode 1.

Sean and Gav look back at the Rio Olympics. They touch on refereeing and the "Russian Affair" and give an analysis of the final standings. We hear how Team GB foilist James Davis felt about the Olympics and they decide who is The Coolest Fencer on the Planet.