Strip coaching

The other day I was watching sports news. Dutch top tennis player Kiki Bertens (ranked 10th in the world at the time) had beaten Wimbeldon winner Angelique Kerber (ranked 2nd). The result was exceptional, as Bertens fought her way back from a 1-0 deficit in sets to win 1-2, after being down 2-1 in games in the second set. What really caught my attention was what her coach, Ramon Sluiter, said to her during the break in between the 3rd and 4th game of the second set. Everything he did and said was pure strip coaching gold. We can learn from that and apply it to fencing. […]

Keizer Karel tournament 2018

The Keizer Karel tournament was my first ever fencing tournament. I (Nick) have been fencing since the beginning of this year, but have never competed in a tournament. When I heard about a tournament that was nearby and organised by my own club, it was a perfect time to do my first tournament.

There were two poules, both of which I lost. What was quite interesting, however, was that after every match I got feedback from my opponents. Because of this, you see a lot of different playstyles and get a good amount of feedback. My first elimination was against a member of my own club and I lost that one.

After I was eliminated from the tournament, I still had quite some energy left. I went around and found another fencer that was also eliminated. We fenced on an empty piste and gave a lot of feedback to each other. Because of this, you can learn a lot from a lot of different styles. This tournament really broadened my view on the possible playstyles, and I learned a lot that day.

Nick (left) during the poule. Photo by Rieke Bande.

Fencing and social media

In this blog I will show which social media outlets and old fashioned web sites I follow to keep mup with developments are taking place in modern fencing. Most of these media are related to sabre fencing, but I also follow a few that are more generally related to fencing. […]

Beer tasting/get together

Friday 16th November – 20:00 – De Hemel, Nijmegen […]

The Tactical Wheel

The Tactical Wheel

During last week’s practice I discussed a basic tactical model to analyze your opponent and build a game plan in foil fencing. However, the Tactical Wheel applies to all weapons and is really helpful to beginners to get a deeper understanding of the game. In fencing, like in chess, you can only really start to appreciate the depth and fun of the game once you get a basic understanding of moves and counter moves. In this blog I offer a more detailed explanation of the Tactical Wheel. […]

Keizer Karel tournament 2018

Last Sunday Don Quichote organized the 1st Keizer Karel tournament in hall 1 of the Radboud sports center. With the help of Leon Paul Germany we organized a nice tournament.

Hall set-up

On Saturday evening at half past six, Leon Paul Germany reached the sports center in a lorry with 12 pistes. After opening the gate Jan, Danny, Sam, Nienke, David, Rieke and Lucas set up the hall for the tournament in about one and a half hours. That looks something like this.


Koning Willem II tournament

Laurens in his bout against Buzatti

Sunday September 16th the 31th Koning Willem II tournament was fenced in Tilburg. This tournament has been one of the first tournaments of the season for years and is always well attended, also by our southern neighbors. Because a B-poule is also fenced, the tournament is freely accessible to all levels and each participant has a lot of fencing. Mark, René and Laurens traveled to Tilburg on behalf of Don Quichote. […]

Keizer Karel tournament 2018

On October 14th 2018 Don Quichote organizes the 1st Keizer Karel tournament at the Radboud Sports center in Nijmegen. This tournament is a competition for the Dutch ranking. The invitation can be found here. […]


Béla and Nico warming-up for the tournament (© Kukk Helga Melinda)

Nico and Béla were active on Sunday September 9th at the strong, international SISTA SFZ tournament in Amsterdam. After a good start with a 5-0 victory over fellow Dutchman Bouwman, Nico was unfortunately unable to win any other bout in his strong poule. Béla was in a better poule and he won three bouts, among which was his bout against the strong Puerto Rican Santana. With one win and four losses Nico managed to rank 40th on the table. Béla ranked 23rd on the table with his three wins and two losses. […]

Are you getting the most out of your practice?

When we practice we hope to learn and improve (and beat our nemesis just for once). After all, if you keep improving and growing as a fencer, you can get joy out of our great sport for the rest of your life! However, we do not always practice with a clear focus and make the most out of the hours we spend on the piste. Here are some tips to change that. […]