What’s the Rumpus?

What’s the Rumpus?

There’s been a bit of hiatus around here.  Perhaps you’re one who noticed.  I’m sure someone must have.  The overriding catchall reason for the long layoff since our last story is all about how much effort it takes to make a feature documentary.  “What?” I hear you...
Flea Market, Budapest Style

Flea Market, Budapest Style

While visiting Budapest this past summer to record interviews with a number of people for our forthcoming documentary on fencing great George Piller, we made one very interesting trip to a popular flea market in the southeast of the city, the Ecseri Flea Market. I...
Tough bouts with George Nonomura

Tough bouts with George Nonomura

At last year’s Nationals in San Jose, I was able to sit down with George Nonomura and chat about his fencing career. Now, George is, and has always been, one of the nicest, friendliest people around.  So when I posed the question about who might have been his nemesis...
Tales from the Archives: FDH

Tales from the Archives: FDH

The language in the following cautionary tale is NSFW. It is also not suitable for youngsters. But it is an exemplary tale of why you should not draw the ire of your coach or maestro. The effect of such misjudgment can reverberate for a long time to come. Sit back and...
Michael Marx vs Vladimir Smirnov

Michael Marx vs Vladimir Smirnov

One of the things, we are also collecting here at the West Coast Fencing Archive, besides medals, blades, and posters is stories.  We have a rich fencing tradition on the West Coast, but it is mostly known through oral tradition. In effort to preserve those stories,...
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