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Introductory Information for Course Members

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Ziemek Wojciechowski Coaching Masterclass – Participant’s Introductory Information

 

General Information

For those staying at the Ibis Chesterfield North all rooms are booked in my name and the hotel will have the names of everybody and you should be able to book in with your own name.  The hotel is a 6 minute car drive from Mount St Mary’s College.  The college is a short distance from junction 30 of the M1, from the junction and heading west towards Sheffield, take the turning on the right (probably signed Barlborough or Spinkhill), continue on and the college is on the left. From the car park, walk around with the school buildings on your left and past the barrier to the footpath.  From here ‘Pineapple Tower’ can be seen and the door is at the bottom. To enter the doors put in the code C8Y into the lock and turn anti-clockwise.  To open the next set of doors, enter the code 0123 into the middle of the  three number pads on your left.  On the immediate right is the entrance which will take you up the stairs and at the very top of these stairs is the door to the fencing salle.  During course activities tea, coffee, biscuits, bottled water etc. will be available for short breaks.  If anybody requires any fencing kit which they do not have with them, this can be provided.  Ziemek has specified that he does not want sessions videoed and we hope everyone will respect this, it would be advisable to have a notebook, also when fully written up my own notes will be available to course members if wanted.

There are still a small number of course members who have not completed their payment for the course yet.  This can be made to – Account name:Sheffield Development Fund, Account number:71088173, Sort code:404137

Meals

Lunch has been booked for everybody attending, It is likely we can also arrange breakfast and possibly dinner at the college.  Parents of those on the course are welcome to join us for lunch there will however be a charge of £5.00 for non course members.  We had hoped that the college might be able to offer all three meals but I am now informed there may be some difficulty providing dinner, I will see what I can sort out on this.  If people are wanting meals in addition to lunch or there are any additional people for lunch, please inform me as I have to give the kitchen numbers.  There are also many good local restaurants etc. and I can give guidance on this.

Evening Activities

Friday, Saturday and Sunday – Many course members will be arriving and getting organised, no activities are planned but hopefully there will be time for some socialising.

Monday – Mount St Mary’s Fencing Club meets on Monday nights from 7:00pm in the fencing sale.  Regular members include David Alexander, Mike McKay, Ed Howlett others.  Course members are welcome to attend free of charge. More details of this club are here – Mount St Marys Fencing Club

Tuesday – I would like to invite everybody to an informal get together with a buffet and perhaps a bit of barbecuing (weather permitting) from 6.00pm at my house – 84 Glencoe Road, Sheffield S2 2SR, which is about 25 minutes from the venue.

Wednesday – Is the night when Sheffield Buccaneers Fencing Club meets at Birkdale School, Oakholme Road, Sheffield S10 3DH.  Some of the fencers attending the course will be going to this club anyway and any others on the course are welcome to attend free of charge if they wish. More details of this club are here – Sheffield Buccaneers Fencing Club

Thursday – a meal has been booked at The Sitwell Arms for 8:00pm. This is also open to anyone in the fencing community in addition to those on the course.  There is an additional charge of £21.95 for this.  More about the Sitwell Arms is here – Sitwell Arms .  The menu for our dinner is here, I will need to know the preferences of those wishing to attend by Monday.

Starters

  1. Chef’s Soup of The Day Served with a Crusty Roll
  2. Char-Grilled Chicken Kebab With Mixed Leaf Salad and Basil Pesto
  3. Baked Field Mushroom Topped with Wilted Spinach, Duxelle and Toasted Goats Cheese
  4. Sauté King Prawns in Garlic Butter Served on a Baby Leaf Salad

Main Courses

  1. 8oz Rump Steak With Red Onion Marmalade, Cheddar and Red Wine Sauce
  2. Roasted Pork Belly and Pork Fillet With Sage and Apple Sauce
  3. Pancetta Wrapped Chicken Breast with Creamy Garlic and Mushroom Sauce
  4. Baked Cod Fillet with Herb Crust With White Wine and Lemon Sauce
  5. Wild Mushroom and Leek Risotto(v)

All Main Courses include Chef’s Choice of Seasonal Vegetables and Potatoes

Dessert

  1. Rhubarb and Lemon Pavlova With Raspberry Coulis and Chantilly Cream
  2. Baked Vanilla Cheesecake with Mango Coulis and Chantilly Cream
  3. Cheese and Biscuits With Celery and Grapes
  4. Orange Marmalade Bread and Butter Pudding and Custard

Course Members

This is the list of those currently on the course including those attending as coaches and as fencers.  There are some others who have yet to confirm so it is likely that there will also be others as there is not any sort of ‘closing date’ for joining.  If anyone wishes to add more days to their attendance, just let me know and this should be possible to arrange.

Date Coaches Fencers
Sat 20th August John Routledge

Andrew Nisbet

Adam Blight

Olga Velma

Andrew Basford

Ethan Dakin

David Alexander

Liam Baldieri

James Page

Sun 21th August John Routledge

Andrew Nisbet

Adam Blight

Olga Velma

Andrew Basford

Pete Ellinger

Gordon Love

Ethan Dakin

David Alexander

Liam Baldieri

Indigo Zafino

Finnian Zafino

Marco Zafino

James Page

Ruby Osborn

Nicholas Williams

Mike McKay (TBC)

Mon 22st August Jackie Faulkner

Andrew Nisbet

Adam Blight

Olga Velma

Andrew Basford

Gordon Love

William Lonsdale

Samuel Blair

Joseph Blair

Ethan Dakin

David Alexander

Simon Blackwell

Kate Harris

Kim De Large

James Rutherford

Alex Lloyd

Nathan Doherty (TBC)

Tue 23nd August Jackie Faulkner

Andrew Nisbet

Adam Blight

Olga Velma

Gordon Love

Ethan Dakin

David Alexander

Simon Blackwell

James Rutherford

Nicholas Williams

Alex Lloyd

Tom Corlett

Stephen Conroy

Wed 24rd August Andrew Nisbet

Adam Blight

Olga Velma

Gordon Love

Alexander Jones

Ed Howlett

Ethan Dakin

Dan Kiss

David Alexander

Simon Blackwell

Tom Corlett

Ayman El Amrani

Phoebe Newton-Hughes

Alex Lloyd

Thur 25th August Andrew Nisbet

Adam Blight

Olga Velma

Andrew Basford

Gordon Love

Nick Clark

William Lonsdale

Samuel Blair

Joseph Blair

Ed Howlett

Ethan Dakin

Simon Blackwell

Tom Corlett

Ayman El Amrani

Alex Lloyd

Nathan Doherty (TBC)

Fri 26th August Andrew Nisbet

Adam Blight

Olga Velma

Gordon Love

Nick Clark

Ethan Dakin

Tom Corlett

Ayman El Amrani

Alex Lloyd

 

If anyone needs to get in touch with me – mobile – 07761284378 email:zfw@adamblight.plus.com

 

Adam Blight

(Course organiser)

 

 

 

 

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Meal at the Sitwell Arms – Thursday 25th August

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On our coaching course with Ziemek Wojciechowski we have a meal booked at the Sitwell Arms for 8:00pm on Thursday 25th August.  This meal is open not only to those on the course but also to anyone in the fencing community.   Anyone who wants to attend, let me know and also let me know your choices from the menu.

Party Menu 2

Richard Kruse 4th at the Rio Olympic Games

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I am sure many of you reading this site will have watched Richard Kruse’s  fantastic fencing at the Rio Olympics in the Individual Men’s Foil getting so close to a medal.  This was how The Guardian summed it up today –

Richard with Ziemek after the Individual Foil
Richard with Ziemek after the Individual Foil

“Odds would have been long indeed for Britain’s first medal in these Games to come from a discipline which had not managed such since 1964 but the fencer Richard Kruse came agonisingly close before falling in the foil bronze match.

Kruse, a 33-year-old Londoner and world No6, competing in his fourth consecutive Games, lost out 13-15 to the Russian Timur Safin, having reached the semi-finals and confounded those who assumed his best hopes were long behind him after a disappointing home Olympics in 2012.

He had been unaware it would have been Britain’s first medal. “Really? I didn’t know that but I actually felt more pressure from the fact that Britain hasn’t won a fencing medal in such a long time,” he said afterwards. “That was probably the expectation when I got to the [last] four but I couldn’t convert it.”

The bronze match was a study in styles: Kruse upright and elegant, dancing lightly on the balls of his feet against the low-crouched but menacing Russian. The latter’s aggressive style won out; after tight opening exchanges Safin opened up a 12-5 lead and, although Kruse rallied magnificently in the second round, closing to 14-13, the gap proved too much.

“I learned what to do too late,” Kruse said. “I was fencing him at a larger distance, using a lot of force, and then when I started to think about what I was doing I got the better of him but it was gone by then.”

Gold in the event went to the Italian Daniele Garozzo, who overcame the American prodigy Alexander Massialas 15-11 in a close contest and sprinted in joy around the arena as his opponent wept on the dais.

Kruse’s march to the medal positions was no cakewalk. Having first taken care of Algeria’s Hamid Sintes, the Briton then defeated the two-time Olympic team gold medallist Andrea Cassara of Italy, followed quickly by the 2015 world bronze medallist Gerek Meinhardt of the United States to move into the last four.

Here his chance of gold or silver faded in a tense, probing exchange with Massialas. The American, at 22, is a decade younger and showed all the dash and speed of it. Kruse spent much of the match inviting him on, hoping to tempt rashness but Massialas struck repeatedly and with devastating velocity, building a commanding 8-4 lead after the first three-minute round.

Belatedly Kruse realised more aggression was required but it came at a price. Massialas proved equally capable of the counter-strike and as 8-4 became 12-6, there was no way back for the Briton.

 

A great future was predicted but subsequent attempts proved tougher. In Beijing a last-16 exit was accompanied by 14th place, while four years ago in London was worse yet – out in the last 32 and 17th overall.

Now Kruse competes in the team event, in which there are serious grounds for optimism. It went almost unnoticed at the little-regarded European Games in Baku last year but the men’s team of which Kruse was the spearhead defeated the reigning Olympic champions, Italy, in the final.

It was Britain’s first team victory at world or European level for 50 years and clearly engendered a wave of confidence on which Kruse surfed to Rio.

“We’ve got Russia in the team but they don’t have their best guy with them – don’t ask me why – so that should help us,” said Kruse with a wry reference to doping. But he refused to cast aspersions on his bronze medal opponent.

“Fencing is generally a clean sport and I’d like to see the best of my colleagues, that I’ve grown up and fenced with, here, so I’d like to see the positive,” he said.

As a spectator sport it is pure theatre. The arena is darkened around the edges of the spotlight-blazed catwalk on which opponents face off, poised on their toes for maximum reaction-time.

Some favour a forward-leaning, aggressive stance, others the weight more evenly distributed to allow equal facility for retreat. The exchanges blur with speed, a lunging, whirring dance often lasting no more than a split second, sometimes a more cautious, probing exchange, ending on occasion with both parties claiming victory.

Here the similarities with cricket are curious: after coming together with scoring touches fencers will appeal hopefully to the referee in the manner of a spin bowler seeking lbw. Often they will demand the outcome go to television replay with that same draw-a-square hand gesture, which seems curious given the touches are measured by sensors in the foils’ tips. It is not Hawk-Eye but avian vision would be very much to a judge’s advantage.

And how Kruse might have wished too for those heightened senses. He vows he will come back stronger but may never get a better chance.”