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!

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

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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:


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

Welcome to Episode 24.

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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