Old man game

Bring it, kid.
Bring it, kid.

“I am like Rocky…Rocky 3, Rocky 4, Rocky 5″ – Aldo Montano (age 36)

I figure when the overwhelming reaction to our post on the Korean pro sabre training program is WTF, most of you are probably thinking how you’re going to get anywhere near that schedule.

Kim Junghwan does the thing with the eyebrow
“Do you have any idea what I had to do to get this?”

The vast majority of the people who are reading this are recreational fencers. We’re amateurs in the oldest sense of the word. We love sabre, but we also have jobs or school or kids. We definitely have other things we want/have to do in life. None of us are as young as we used to be – and it hits us much earlier than we expect.

Every victory a perfect moment…
Every victory a chance to rest.

So what can we do? In the spirit of this post by a hobbyist Jiu Jitsu practitioner, here are three of my personal observations on the on training as an older sabre fencer.

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Flash – Reshetnikov (RUS) v Occhiuzzi (ITA)

Sorry for the extended absence! I’ve just come to the horrifying realization that the new season starts in 3 weeks, and I haven’t finished watching the fun stuff from last season yet.

On that note, here’s some hilarious footwork from Diego Occhiuzzi. Footwork, with one foot.

I’m almost sorry he didn’t pull that one off.

Theme of the match, though, was sparkling bladework exchanges.

Oooooh that’s pretty. And there was more of that kind of thing. Jeez, these two have fast hands.

In other news, Reshtnikov has been putting some work into his victory pose:

Full bout is here. There’s some high-grade drama from Occhiuzzi, including an impassioned appeal over a one-light hit. Superb value as always.