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Jim Kent
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This is the on-line journal of a man that started fencing at 51 (60 now) and his progress or lack thereof.
This is the on-line journal of a man that started fencing at 51 (60 now) and his progress or lack thereof.

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I Wish I Could Just Let Things Go
Last night at practice, I had a parent stop to talk to me. He was talking about his daughter and the upcoming State Games. He asked if I was going. He laughed. He asked me if I even competed. He laughed again. He laughed at me. I suppressed my natural tende...

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Embarrassing Progress
I came to my journal today to use one of the links posted there. I ended up reading  some really stupid stuff I had posted years back. Goofy stuff. Things I thought, but they were wrong. Pretty embarrassing really. It makes me want to cringe, or delete a bu...

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50 years of Coaching
Last night I attended a banquet for Coach Ron Miller. He is head coach for UNC fencing. It marked his 50th year of coaching. I felt honored to be invited, as this was for his alumni that had fenced on his teams over all these years. My training partner and ...

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Thought
I think that if the world of fencing is soup, I am becoming a fork.

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Flexible Women and Irony
A little while ago, I returned from a BodyFlow class at my gym. It was my third class. BodyFlow is a mixture of yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates.  You "flow" from one movement to the other. I don't flow so much.  So far, I have not left that class without feeling ...

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Henri Gales Takes Silver in women's Vet 60 Epee ( For some reason, I am unable to make a capitol "w")
My training partner takes silver at the December NAC in women's Vet 60 Epee  . The term "training partner" seems less than descriptive when describing our friendship. I am so very proud of her. Go Henri Ellen! Top Photo: Henri and Coach Brian Toomey . Owner...

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Short Random Thoughts
I am 64 years old. I have seen my parents die and my wife's parents die. Eventually you have to clean out the house where they lived and throw things away. Some of the keepsakes you toss, would have great sentimental value to them. I am sitting in my man ca...

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Happy.
According to both my coaches and in different ways I am improving, If just one had said it or implied it, I might have thought they were " blowing smoke". But as it is both of them, I will believe it. ( Right up to the point when I am destroyed in an upcomi...

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Fear and Failure
Fenced in a home tournament ( B1-15 people). Did well in pools fencing some good young guns. Finished second in my pool and 5th out of pools. Went out my first DE to the guy seed 12th.. Disheartening. I suspect this was my best chance at renewing or improvi...
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