I have to say Max I can take all of your pros and cons and switch some words around and apply it to sport fencing perfectly fine
Sport fencing has kept a lot of what made it relevant to its culture; Western Europe’s culture.
**Sport Saber may be the furthest off as the current rules really don’t encourage good parry-riposte. On the local side I’ve seen some guys get to 6+ parry-ripostes before a break or hit, unrehearsed, in under two-three seconds. That is an impressive sight.
NeilG wrote:You don't shout the word "kiai". The sound made is personal, unless you are hitting a point in which case it is the name of the point. It all becomes quite natural and you really don't think about it. You attack the target, you say the name without thinking.
NeilG wrote:If you are looking for some silver bullet for your stress, I don't have it. Personally I used to get very nervous and tense before exams or tournaments, now I don't so much. Nothing special, just older. I can say I perform much better thoroughly warmed up. Get a good sweat on, then go.
Ulrich von L...n wrote: No. I'm just trying to find out methodically what could sport fencing, other fencing arts etc. to offer as competition stress management methods. Till now I have found the following ways of handling it:
- deep breathing,
- muscle relaxation,
- positive self-talk,
- meditation + music,
- performing a certain ritual
- a good warm-up .
I don't want to offend anybody or say kendo is a bad pastime, but to me fencing is a serious mental game, so constant shouting seems as much appropriate during a bout as during a chess game.
bigdummy wrote:I find it more stressful than real fights.
I'm more bothered the day and days before a tournament than the day of.
Max C. wrote: So in your opinion shouting is bad because it stops your opponent from concentrating on the present situation? Well you just figured out what kiai is about . Doesn't make kendo less of a serious mental game, it just adds an option.
Joeli wrote:You can get more info by gettng a book for coaching olympic athletes, should be available from libraries. And the coach's role is essential in these.
Joeli wrote:... Döbringer hausbuch mentions mental repetition before a fight
scholadays wrote: I must say, in all my years of competition I've always been somewhat bemused by this need to spend time with stress management.
Ulrich von L...n wrote:Joeli wrote:You can get more info by gettng a book for coaching olympic athletes, should be available from libraries. And the coach's role is essential in these.
After having read several Hungarian books on Olympic fencing I'm still looking for answers. Sometimes a coach's answer could be especially disappointing: "Just relax, read, listen to music... blah blah". Well, not very professional stuff, especially when you take into account his 30+ years of coaching experience.
Ulrich von L...n wrote:Joeli wrote:... Döbringer hausbuch mentions mental repetition before a fight
Can you clarify what do you mean by "mental repetition"?
HS3227a translated by Lindholm wrote:Also know that when you wish to fence in
earnest, then you shall have a ﬁnished piece
in [your mind], any [technique or strategy]
you want that is complete and correct and
hold it in all seriousness and ﬁrmly in your
mind when you want to close with him as if
you would say “This is what I intend!”. And
then you will have success with the help of
God and not go wrong.
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