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8th Annual Salle Seguin Coaching Course

In our last post we did a tribute to our Maitre listing off his amazing accomplishments.  Now, coaches from around the world have the opportunity to learn from all of his experience as part of the 8th Annual Salle Seguin Coaching Course.

Salle SeguinDate: August 12th, 9:00am to August 16th 2013
Who: all coaches striving to Level 3 and/or Level 4
Where: Salle Seguin Fencing centre
414 1st Ave. N.
Saskatoon, SK
Registration: Maitre Claude Seguin
#257 – 245 Ashworth Cres.
Saskatoon, SK
S7T 0P2
Contact:  salleseguin@shaw.ca for more information
Fees: $600.00 participant in course – one weapon only for course
$100.00 each weapon for evaluation(s)

Facilitator: Maitre Claude Seguin
Sask Provincial Coach
Past National coach – women’s foil
Past national coach – Jr. Epee
President (Past) Fencing Academy of Canada
Coach – multiple cadet, junior, senior national team members
Coached Olympic epee fencer
Coach – World Champion, cadet men’s epee 2002
NCI Mentor coach, Level IV
Course information
 Standard international school & methodology will be trained
 Bring note book
 Athletes will be provided for coaches to work with, you may bring athletes if you wish
 Theory sessions – fencing physiology, annual planning, LTAD, fencing terminology,
tactics etc.
 Practical sessions, morning & afternoon
 Evaluations are not mandatory, unless requested
 Come & enjoy pure fencing!

 

For more information contact Lynn or Claude Seguin at:  salleseguin@shaw.ca

Seven Principles of Fencing That Translate into the Business World

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 – The Fencing Coach by Damien Lehfeldt
Damien Lehfeldt

Patrik Dula at the CSC's in Saskatoon 2012. Photo by Jessie Jardine

Patrik Dula at the CSC’s in Saskatoon 2012. Photo by Jessie Jardine

TAMPA, March 20, 2013 — In a recent article in the New York Times, Trip Advisor CEO Stephen Kaufer briefly glossed over the virtues fencing had instilled in him. “In fencing, you have to think three moves ahead. It turned out to be good training for corporate life,” Kaufer said.

While fencing itself was not the central focus of Kaufer’s article, his truthful words spurred my thinking as to ways in which the principles of fencing do translate to the world of modern business. Thinking of ways in which fencing inspired me in my own and relatively new career, I came up with a list in which the sport has helped inspire work ethic and demeanor.

1. Ability to overcome adversity  Fencing is a sport in which the athlete might find him/herself down a few touches and facing defeat. The best fencer will see his/her misfortune as an opportunity to problem solve and confront the challenges at hand head-on to rise to victory. In the world of business, things aren’t always going to go swimmingly. One may encounter risks, miss important milestones, or perhaps drop the ball on a presentation. This challenge can actually be an opportunity just as it is in fencing.

2. Ability to adapt to and understand cultural norms — Fencing attracts a potpourri of individuals of different races, ethnicities and cultures. For those who have fenced in international competitions, they are frequently encountering a hodgepodge of different backgrounds. In our modern globalizing business world, you’re likely to work on diverse teams with each individual coming to the table with a unique perspective and approach to his/her work. Fencing makes interacting with diverse cultures second nature, an important skill to have in this day and age.

3. Ability to remain calm — Panic is the death knell of a fencer’s bout. To quote Napoleon Hill: “Your own emotions are your greatest handicap in the business of accurate thinking.” Lose your marbles, let your emotions run awry in the working world  and you’ll be as popular in the workplace as Justin Bieber is to anyone who knows about music.

4. Ability to think creatively/outside the box  If a fencer enters a bout with plan A, and only plan A, s/he is likely to lose. Fencing frequently challenges athletes to change their plans on the go and adapt to their opponents’ style in a given scenario. Fencing stimulates right brain creative thinking to achieve results. Business is never as simple as a linear path from planning to execution. Again, being nimble on your feet and in your thinking are essential.

5. Ability to socialize/work as a team  Competitive fencing is mostly an individual sport, but in the act of practicing, it fosters a team mentality. Any team is only as strong as its weakest link. Fencing teaches you to learn from the strongest links in your clubs/teams while simultaneously helping the weakest links to improve performance in a respectful, constructive manner. Exhibiting humility is also an integral part of team dynamics, as no one likes a hotshot prima donna Kanye West type fool in their club or on their business’ working teams.

6. Ability to listen/receive feedback — In fencing and in life, when you think things are going well, they can always be going better. The best fencers in our club have constant dialogue with their coaches in lessons, asking how they can tweak their actions to make them close to perfect. One of the best ways to work in sync with one’s manager/boss is to frequently sit down with them to align to their expectations and figure out areas for development.

7. Ability to work hard and prepare — If you think you can sit on your butt, twiddle your thumbs and have playtime with Barney the Dinosaur leading up to competition, you’re going to be sorely disappointed when you plug into the strip and get slapped around like a disobedient puppy. The time you put in before you fence precedes a successful competition. In business, the more familiar you are with materials you might be presenting, the more confidence you exude, displaying a mastery of the subject matter you bring forward. “Winging it” rarely works in fencing or business, and fencing prepares you for that fact with the values of hard work and preparation that it instills. 

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on ways fencing has inspired you off the strip as well.

Keep up to date on every touch with Damien Lehfeldt, The Fencing Coach


Damien is a competitive fencer and volunteer assistant coach at DC Fencers Club in Silver Spring, Md. Damien was the coach of a London 2012 Olympic Athlete in Modern Pentathlon. He is an A-rated epeeist and was a member of the 2012 North American Cup Gold Medal Men’s Epee Team.

 

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Living the Canadian Dream and Fencing

Saskatoon Fencer Named to Canada’s National Fencing Team

Patrik Dula in 2011

Patrik Dula in 2011

On March 8th the Canadian Fencing Federation announced its newest team members to Canada’s National Fencing Team and Saskatoon’s Patrik Dula has joined fellow Saskatchewan athletes Shannon Comerford of Saskatoon and Philip Pitura of Regina, as representatives of Canada on the world stage.

Patrik Dula began his fencing career at age 6 in his homeland of Satu Mare, Romania.  Falling in love with the sport instantly because of his competitive nature, he won his first bronze medal fencing in Foil at the Romanian Nationals at age 8, and his first gold medal at Romanian Nationals at  age 11.

Patrik Dula receiving his 2011 Saskatchewan Men's Foil Fencer of the Year Award from President Pat Hayes-Schryer.

Patrik Dula receiving his 2011 Saskatchewan Men’s Foil Fencer of the Year Award from President Pat Hayes-Schryer.

Upset at having to leave both his sport and his country behind at age 12, when Dula’s family decided to immigrate to Saskatchewan, the family’s first order of settling in, involved enrolling Patrik at the Salle Seguin in Saskatoon, where he could continue his love of fencing, under the tutelage of Maitre Claude Seguin, the Saskatchewan Provincial Coach.

While Dula qualified via the Canadian Fencing Federation on domestic points to attend World’s in Jordan two years ago, due to his then immigration status, he was forced to turn down the offer.  Now as a proud Canadian and even prouder Saskatchewan citizen, Dula says “This year I am extremely happy to make it finally because it was my goal for many years in Canada.  I will never quit and I won’t stop until the Olympics because that is what my dream has been ever since I can remember.”

Patrik Dula competing at the Canada Cup in Saskatoon November 2011“Whenever times have been tough in the past,” continues Dula. “The quote that has always kept me going when obstacles out of my control were in my way, was:  “When they knock you down you need to get back up brush the dirt off of your jersey and go for the cup.”

Dula and fellow teammate Philip Pitura of Regina, will head to Porec, Croatia in April, representing Canada as they compete in the World Junior Cup. Following in the footsteps of fellow Saskatchewanian Jean Pierre Seguin who won the Cadet World Championships in 2002, in Antalya, Turkey in the Men’s Epee Division.

We know you’ll do it again!  Best of Luck Patrik!  From Your Canadian Fencing Family!

Introducing our New Ring Master

The Saskatchewan Fencing Association has been limping  along without an Office Manager for over a year (thanks to the dedication of our past three presidents (Pat, Brian and Brian) and their equally dedicated Board.  But at long-last our tired-out volunteers can rejoice:  a new Office Manager has been hired, and she starts today!

New Office Manager for SFA

Marcia hard a work Day 1

Welcome to Marcia Coulic-Salahub of Prince Albert.  Some of you may recognize Marcia (pronounced Mar-SEE-ah) from some of the many tournaments of the past 8 years, rooting for and cheering on her now 16 year old son Stephaan.  A fencing mom extraordinaire, she’s also worked closely with our own coach extraordinaire Lynn Seguin in building up the Prince Albert Northern Knights Fencing Club, from a struggling tiny club, to a robust and member-filled entity.

While she started out “just trying to help out” – Marcia has since acted as the Club’s President for the past four years, and even played double duty as the Club’s Treasurer for a while, and triple duty as an assistant coach to Lynn when the need arose. (A role she’s loved so much she’s even toying with the idea of getting some coaching certification under her belt!).

Today we extend a big warm welcome to Marcia in her newest fencing role – that of our Ring Master.  It won’t be an easy job, with so many voices across the Province each with their own perspective.  It’s a tough job to balance the needs and wants as such a diverse group as ours, but considering she has three boys at home (husband Harold, teenaged Stephaan, and cutey patootie Jeremy (age 6)), she’s already well-versed in seeing to the needs of a diverse group!

Here’s a few words from Marcia herself as she starts her new role today from her home office in Prince Albert:

” I look forward to working with all of you to create a fantastic organization for everyone who has fallen in love with fencing.  If you have any questions or would like to drop me a line, I can be reached at mcoulic@sasktel.net or phone me at the SFA office 306-975-0823.”

Welcome Marcia!  We’re looking forward to seeing some of the great things you can do with our particular Fencing Circus!

Saskatchewan Fencing Association

The new SFA Office Manager Marcia Coulic-Salahub with sons Stephaan, Jeremy and husband Harold.

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