2015-2016 多伦多击剑俱乐部年度報告

多伦多击剑俱乐部(Toronto Fencing Club)的每一天都充满着忙碌的背影和勤奋的身姿.从初学者到世界级别的参赛者,从周一到周日,从技术训练,体能训练到实战训练, TFC 82名会员洒下的汗水,浇灌着剑馆的发展和成长,让俱乐部显得生机勃勃。
 
这一切,离不开多伦多击剑俱乐部的主教练何曉文(Peter Ho),他招靡的教练精英团队:Tim Svidnytskiy, Alice Lu, Chris Granert, Cathy Granert ,William Wong, Adrian Liggins 和 Kamil Karbonowski。今年四月份,多伦多俱乐部还迎来了2004年奥运会女子重剑选手Monique Kavelaars, 走马上任俱乐部的教练协调员和训练合伙人. 八月份,来自委内瑞拉国家队少年组男子重剑教练助理Simon Duran加盟TFC。来自魁北克的国家队花剑选手Etienne Lalonde 和Anthony Prymack应邀到TFC担任访问教练. 至此,多伦多俱乐部的教练队伍完美组合完毕,从初学者到世界大赛的参赛者,都有优秀的教练引兵训练。这支实力雄厚的教练队伍,在彼特的率领和示范下,为俱乐部不同级别的会员提供不同的训练计划和组合, 努力帮助每一位俱乐部成员设定并现自己的奋斗目标。

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TFC 2015-16 Year in Review

With a membership of 82 athletes ranging from beginners to high performance athletes competing at the international level, Toronto Fencing Club is bustling with activity, including classes, lessons, and bouting, six days a week. TFC Head Coach Peter Ho and Coaches Tim Svidnytskiy, Alice Lu, Chris Granert, Cathy Granert William Wong, Adrian Liggins and Kamil Karbonowski are dedicated to helping all our fencers achieve their goals.  We also welcomed Monique Kavelaars, 2004 Women’s Epee Olympian, to the club as a Conditioning Coach and training partner and Simon Duran, Assistant Coach of Venezuela’s Cadet Men’s Epee team to join our club.  Throughout the year we had the pleasure of hosting a number of visiting coaches, including Etienne Lalonde and Anthony Prymack from Quebec. Toronto Fencing Club has attracted fencers as well from North and South America and all over Canada to attend our training camps and tournaments.

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Care of equipments

Care for your mask

1. Dishwasher option

Many fencers admit to being too lazy to wash their masks the old fashioned way in a bucket. One of the easiest ways to avoid that is simply to put the mask into the dishwasher and sip on a cup of coffee or two while the machine is doing the work for you.

Pros

Nothing for you to do.

Cons

May destroy the color, electrical bib, Velcro, wires, and the mesh may rust. Of course, you may get lucky and none of the big problems above will happen to you. As a test, I put two of our very old masks through the dishwasher. One came out like new and the second lost a bit of the blackish color on the wires. So it’s up to you.

If you are brave enough to risk your mask, here are three things to remember:

  • Set dishwasher on low
  • Turn off the drying cycle (or if you have an advanced machine, use a low temperature)
  • Don’t use dishwashing detergent  – baking soda is OK 

2. Hand washing option

OK, don’t be too upset when you have to find time to drown a mask in a big bucket and clean it with your own hands. This is actually the method I use to clean the five masks of my four children and my husband! And yes, sometimes I feel like I’m a laundress from black-and-white movies, but take it as a relaxation therapy 

Pros

Mask will serve longer

Cons

Time consuming

5 steps hand wash cleaning for regular masks (without un-attachable bibs and pads):

1. Dunk the mask in a big bucket with WARM (not hot!) water with stain remover laundry detergent (Tide, Purex, you name it). Adding baking soda will definitely bring it to brighter white.

2. Let it soak for about 20-30 minutes. For foil masks try to keep the bib out of the bucket.

3. Scrub completely inside and out with a soft brush and avoid vigorous scrubbing of the electrical bib for foil masks.

4. Rinse well, squeezing material and rinsing several times until the water comes out clean.

5. Dry with a big old towel or cloth and leave it for a while in the sink to let the rest of the water drain out with the bib side up.

How to dry mask

Sun drying (avoid intense and prolonged sun light)

Hair dryer (still think of it as your relaxation therapy time, because it takes patience)

Air dry (just leave it alone, bib side up, avoiding rusting and yellowish stains on fabrics)

For a quick fix:

Wipe down the inside with a baby wipe or hands disinfecting wipe without bleach.

If you have a conductive mask, be sure to avoid enthusiastic scrubbing. Also, it will take a while to dry, so unless you’re chill with fencing in a wet mask, make sure to give it time!

General advice for all sweaty equipment

Don’t leave wet exercise equipment in the bag, including your mask. Hang everything out at least to dry, if not to be washed. If it doesn’t dry properly, the bouquet of odors will only get worse!

Happy and clean fencing to all!

Care of Lame

Items

Keep Them Dry

moisture, especially acidic sweat, can degrade the metallic fibers of a lame, as well as weakening the stitching.  Lame materials should not be allowed to remain damp after their use.  Air drying them is one of the best ways of enhancing the life of a lame.

Wash Them Frequently

(For Washable Vision and Stainless Steel lame only) soaking them in warm water with some Woolite™ and a splash of ammonia, followed by thorough rinsing and air-drying on a hanger will remove the sweaty salts and acids which can turn a piece of lame "green."  Even if a lame is supposedly "machine washable," it is better to hand-wash it; likewise, lame materials should never be put into an electric or gas dryer.(Absolute Fencing Gear doesn't recommend wash copper lames)

Minimize Creasing

creases and folds can break the metallic threads of lame.  Minimizing creases caused by folding will enhance the lifespan of a lame.  Some people use hangers and garment bags to store and transport their lames.  Others lay their lames on a towel and then roll them together.  Others loosely stuff their lames into their fencing bags. 

Frequently Test for Electrical Resistance

 

the FIE specification says that a piece of lame's electrical resistance must be below 5.0 ohms between any two points of the lame material.  If the electrical resistance measures more than 5.0 ohms, it probably is time to relegate it to being a practice lame, even though it probably will function flawlessly.

European Cadet Circuit at Bratislava Jan 23-24, 2016

Cindy Gao's (TFC) bronze medal win at the European Fencing Circuit (EFC) event in Cadet Women's Epee in Bratislava, an event that featured 256 fencers!  Gao lost her final bout in the semi-final 15-11 to the eventual winner Alessanda Bozza from Italy to earn bronze with a major muscle cramp in this thigh which limited her ability to lunge.

The Canadian Team of Mateusz Kozak (TFC), Daniel Li (TFC), James Jonas (Calgary, AB) and Boris Bojanov (Calgary, AB)  finished top half of the field in 9th place in Cadet Men's Team Foil in the Bratislava EFC event. They defeated Germany, Egypt and had a great comeback against Ukraine 1. In the last two bouts, the team had a 15 point comeback, and Mateusz Kozak scored 10 points against Ukraine's anchor to win 39 to 38 in overtime.

2014-2015 “Best Fencing Clubs” award

Toronto Fencing Club has been awarded National Fencing Club Rankings, LLC (NFCR) inaugural

2014-2015 “Best Fencing Clubs” award.  

To qualify for the prestigious “Best Fencing Clubs” award, a club must have at least one of its fencers finish in the Top 16 of a USA Fencing (USFA) National Domestic Point Tournament in a Youth, Cadet, Junior or Senior age division.

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