About me

John Chow

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done” – Bruce Lee


I spent nine years at university doing what most folks in their 20s seem to do: trying to figure out what I wanted to do in my life. At the end of it all I decided to build a career in academia, then the birth of my son threw everything into disarray. Now I split my time between working as a management consultant by day (*update: I recently got poached into being a senior government officer, of all things), teaching people sabre fencing by night, and raising my two boys with the help of my ex-scientist wife.


Mission creep happens to the best of us

Frances Chow

The scope and purpose of this blog have evolved somewhat from September 2014. The main gist is that it’s now a lot more about sabre. The majority of posts are by me. I’m not really a coach, or a particularly talented sabreur; while I’ll dabble in a little technical or tactical analysis, my area of responsibility lies in expanding this sport and showcasing what makes it great. I hope you enjoy it.

This is how normal couples spend their Friday nights, right? Us at our club.
This is how normal couples spend their Friday nights, right? The authors at their club in Sydney.

And finally, a shameless plug:

footwork class

This work is made possible by the research work done by the staff and students at the Sydney Sabre Centre, so if you like this I would really appreciate you leaving a review on Facebook and Google – 5 stars would be great but even better if you tell us why!  We read every single review and are always looking to improve how we do things:  ultimately Sydney Sabre is all about  sharing this great sport and making it accessible to everyone. I know that this sport is a big part of who I am today, and wish this place was around when I was growing up.
Sabre is joy.
If that isn’t enough motivation for you, here’s another reason: we will give you a stackable 5% discount off on anything we sell (services and stuff) for each review that you leave for us, for one transaction. You can spend it on yourself or use it to subsidise a friend (or a whole bunch of friends, if you want to bring along a horde).
Thanks in advance, John


3 thoughts on “About me”

  1. I just wanted to say “thank you” for all of your hard work an excellent analysis. My fencers and I read every post, talk about them, and apply your insights in our own training. I can’t think you enough for starting this site and updating it so frequently. It is great, and all the new features — like spotlighting individual fencers — are wonderful. Thanks again.

  2. Hi, in the name of Camelot fencing school i want to thank you for all your hard work in sabre fencing, it´s remarkable. I would like to talk something with you, about your work and video analyzes, its a great job you are doing and we would like to share it with the spanish fencing community. Thanks and i hope we can talk more directly soon.

    🙂 great job.

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