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03-05-2021 10:13 am Pearce Wilson posted
Ashley had the good idea of adding competition results histories for each of our fencers to the member pages on the website.

She has already begun compiling the data.

To start it will just be National competitions but it is possible we could add local events in the future.
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03-01-2021 07:34 am Pearce Wilson posted
Not all our ideas are good ideas.

But that doesn't stop us from trying again!

A new team adventure is in the works!
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02-21-2021 9:20 pm Pearce Wilson posted
*I THINK* we have all of our video archive loaded into the Fencers of the Corn Television system.

Some go way back to the beginning of the team in 2008. I don't expect there to be many views but hopefully you will enjoy the look back.

Next up, the fun task of creating more cool fencing video!
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02-20-2021 1:21 pm Pearce Wilson posted
Fencers of the Corn Television is ready to view.

We created our own multichannel streaming video system with features similar to Youtube.

We can have as many channels as we want.

Keyword search is not functioning yet but that is to come.
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02-16-2021 3:27 pm Pearce Wilson posted
Happy Fat Tuesday!

Two years ago we were able to host a Mardi Gras fencing tournament and party. This year, even New Orleans can't do a real Mardi Gras.

Next year expect a blowout fencing party!
Enjoy this throw back promotional video from that tournament from 2 years ago:
Mardi Gras Movie
Click to view.
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02-16-2021 11:05 am Pearce Wilson posted
The temperatures are forecast to be more reasonable this weekend. Another try at our sled fencing video shoot might work.
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02-15-2021 12:49 pm Pearce Wilson posted
I hear it's supposed to be 82 degrees and sunny in Miami today.

Until we get a chance to book that flight... yes, we will have fencing tonight for anyone who can get to the Grange safely.
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02-13-2021 10:37 am Pearce Wilson posted
Fencing while sledding down a snowy hill video shoot is postponed. Sorry!
-15 degrees wind chill today. To be colder tomorrow.
I know we fight with cold steel but this is too cold!
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02-13-2021 10:30 am Pearce Wilson posted
We have had fencers competing in the Junior Olympics National Championship for many years. It is always held this weekend. Not this year.
Enjoy this memory from the 2018 Junior Olympics.
A performance by a Memphis high school marching band. 2018 JO Band
Memphis high school marching band. Click to view.

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02-11-2021 09:06 am Pearce Wilson posted
Picture of the Day
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02-09-2021 7:12 pm Pearce Wilson posted
Seeking 2 fencers who are willing to risk life or grievous bodily injury to make an epic snow fencing video.
Ok, we won't actually be risking life or grievous bodily injury (probably) but it is going to be crazy cold this weekend so expect to get really cold fingers until we are done shooting and can sit by the fire and drink hot cocoa.
Let us know if you are interested.
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02-09-2021 10:45 am Pearce Wilson posted
Picture of the Day

Brr!
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02-08-2021 4:00 pm Pearce Wilson posted
Weather impacted practice tonight? Wundergound.com says one inch of snow. Sounds like we can still practice. But if roads are bad where you are stay home!

Tonight's practice is cancelled. Updated weather forecast calls for 1/10 inch of ice. New drivers don't belong on icy roads.
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02-08-2021 3:38 pm Pearce Wilson posted
One of our fencers sprained her ankle at practice last Thursday. We have a club history of somewhere around 15,000 manhours of practice time and this is only the second injury we've had that required time off from practice.

When tracking injuries across sports, fencing is one of the safest! Our experience backs that up.
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02-08-2021 08:50 am Pearce Wilson posted
Picture of the Day

Another bridge over the Mississippi. This time the historic Eads Bridge.
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02-07-2021 7:04 pm Pearce Wilson posted
Academy of Fencing Masters (https://academyoffencingmasters.com/blog/), has a blog post about the loss of fencers and fencing clubs this past year.
In most parts of the US the number of clubs and fencers has dropped by about half.
Many of the fencers will come back once we get an all clear on the Corona Virus, but a club that has gone out of business is probably gone for good.
The fencing landscape will look a lot different next year than it did the past couple of years.
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02-05-2021 09:17 am Pearce Wilson posted
Video of the Day
Midnight Swordfight in the Winter Forest
Click to view.

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02-04-2021 09:45 am Pearce Wilson posted
"It's cold and raining. Let's go fence on an abandoned bridge over the Mississippi!" said no one ever two of our fencers.

Click to view.
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02-03-2021 8:55 pm Pearce Wilson posted
We are starting to see signs people are fed up with the USFA corona virus safely rules. In the past couple weeks the entire leadership of a USFA Division in Florida has resigned from the USFA and their clubs have joined the AAU.
Then over the weekend I saw where a club in another part of the country is hosting a tournament that does not appear to require the mouth and nose masks currently required by USFA rules. That tournament is not USFA sanctioned.
I don't envy the USFA. They have to enforce rules strick enough to satisfy their most squimish members AND the USFA insurance carrier that nothing can go wrong. That's a tough task.
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02-04-2021 4:46 pm Pearce Wilson posted
Add another tournament apparently not following USFA mouth and nose mask rules. So far the renegades are all in the southeastern U.S.

02-09-2021 5:08 pm Pearce Wilson posted
Update on the Florida clubs moving to AAU. There must be more to it than masks. One of the clubs has a high school AAU tournament scheduled and it does require mouth and nose mask for all participants and spectators.


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02-03-2021 07:55 am Pearce Wilson posted
Picture of the Day: A scene from St. Louis.
The Art Museum and the Grand Basin were the scene of the 1904 World's Fair. Probably the high point of St. Louis' history. The Olympics were held in conjuction with the World's Fair in St. Louis that year.
The City has fallen on hard times but Forest Park retains its beauty.
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02-02-2021 08:01 am Pearce Wilson posted
Ashley found this on Youtube: Fencing's Crazy History Explained. It is well done piece from Red Bull.
https://youtu.be/EwbOvySIsIg
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01-30-2021 09:44 am Pearce Wilson posted
Picture of the Day
Waiting out the cold and corona virus.
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2020/2021 Team Supporters
Special thanks to these treasured individuals...
Adeyinka Adewale
Rob Comstock
Bill Velders

01-28-2021 11:26 am Pearce Wilson posted
Spooky forest? Check.
Pitch black? Check.
Snow? Check.
Sword fighting? It had to be done!
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01-28-2021 09:32 am Pearce Wilson posted
Illinois' Corona Virus quarantine rules have been relaxed. Practices will be pretty much back to normal now.
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01-27-2021 09:12 am Pearce Wilson posted
Picture of the Day
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01-25-2021 08:34 am Pearce Wilson posted
Picture of the Day
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The John Ford Highland Pipe Band is a Scottish pipe and drum band based in St. Louis Missouri. Watch for them performing in parades across the region. The band and its talented musicians are available for parties, special occasions, wedding receptions, etc.

01-24-2021 08:53 am Pearce Wilson posted
It is said that of all sports, the only thing faster than a sword tip is a bullet.
Here is one second of fencing. First at normal speed, then slowed to 1/8 speed.

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01-23-2021 09:07 am Pearce Wilson posted
Fun fact: Sport fencing has been around a long time. Maybe not ice-age long though.
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The John Ford Highland Pipe Band is a Scottish pipe and drum band based in St. Louis Missouri. Watch for them performing in parades across the region. The band and its talented musicians are available for parties, special occasions, wedding receptions, etc.

01-22-2021 08:40 am Pearce Wilson posted
"Once a fencer, always a fencer."
Carlos returned to the sport last night. It was great to see you again! It has been too long.
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01-20-2021 6:49 pm Pearce Wilson posted
WARNING! before you leave your car in the driveway with your 'I Heart Fencing' bumper sticker, beware. Someone might knock on your door and challenge you to a duel.

It just happened to Shelby.

Did she accept the challenge? Of course. She grabbed her swords and they fenced epee and foil in her driveway.

Which begs the question, "Where haven't we fenced?"
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01-20-2021 12:16 pm Pearce Wilson posted
Two handed fencing? Yes. It's a thing!
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01-19-2021 8:46 pm Pearce Wilson posted
Welcome Christian!
Christian tried fencing with Ashley in her driveway this past weekend. He liked it so much he convinced his grandma to bring him to fencing last night.
It was great to have you Christian. We hope we see lots of you in the coming weeks and months!
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01-18-2021 09:07 am Pearce Wilson posted
I read an interesting article this morning claiming the Corona Virus emergency has peaked in most places in the United States and vaccine or no, we are rapidly reaching 'herd immunity'. Until we are sure though, fencing practices will continue to be smaller than normal.

In the meantime, enjoy this video of us fencing in an undisclosed underground lair.
Cave In Rock
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01-17-2021 2:50 pm Pearce Wilson posted


This photo is from last years' Junior Olympics National Championship. Unfortunately the 2021 event has been pushed back to this summer, if it gets held at all.

Now we are starting to hear questions about canceling the already postponed 2020 Olympic Summer Games planned for Japan this summer.

We will continue to train but with the understanding there may not be any competition until the 2021/2022 season starts in August.

In the meantime, come fence and only worry about having fun!
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The John Ford Highland Pipe Band is a Scottish pipe and drum band based in St. Louis Missouri. Watch for them performing in parades across the region. The band and its talented musicians are available for parties, special occasions, wedding receptions, etc.

01-16-2021 10:03 pm Pearce Wilson posted
Hello World!

This is the first post on our new discussion board.

Members can sign in to comment and like posts.

We will add features as we go. Any suggestions of useful things to add?
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01-21-2021 07:36 am Pearce Wilson posted
Woohoo! We got our first 'friend' request from a user in Thailand. Unfortunately it was a spammer. Who needs friends like that? Thanks but no thanks!


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