Athletes

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    Chest protectors – an update on the new rules in foil from 2018

    The FIE recently has released new requirements for chest protectors both in men’s and women’s foil. For full information about the underlying problems (including a bit of foil history) as well as some instructions on what to do now and where to purchase, please read on...

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  • Athletes

    A Glance back at 2017

    Having had a break from training after the Paralympics, I came into the 2017 competition season hungry for the win and looking forward to a start of a new Paralympic cycle. Tokyo 2020 seemed a distant goal at the beginning of 2017 but the year has gone so fast and already the 2020 games seem just around the corner.

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  • Training

    Injuries!

    The first half of every season is always interesting.

    As it is, everyone has different approaches, different goals, different vacations and different values. I notice that when I evaluate my first half of the season and discuss it with others. My results this season have not been so great. I was 1 touch from a 64 in Bern, and during the team competition, I got an injury which held me back the rest of year.

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  • Athletes

    Update: New season, new goals...

    Hey Leon Paul lovers!

    The new season has just started so it’s time for a new blog.

    Last season I took a little break from training because of the very hectic period around the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    I learned after Beijing 2008 and London 2012 that it is very important to give your body and mind a long period of regeneration before starting another Olympic cycle.

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  • Athletes

    Rome World Championships 2017

    I have recently returned from the World Championships in Rome, Italy which ran from the 7th-12th November 2017 it was a great but challenging event in more than one way! We departed for Rome on 5th November as we had weapons check on the 6th, my team mates were competing on 7th/8th and I was competing on 8th/9th

    Just after we arrived in Rome, I started to feel unwell. This is one thing that every athlete dreads at an event of such importance, unfortunately it only got worse and reached a peak on Epee day. I always take every sensible precaution but sometimes you just get sick and have to make the best of what you have and ensure you work even harder on getting the right nutritional input.

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  • Products

    The Professionals

    I hate outsourcing. It is something I am not very good at and it always causes me problems. I think to outsource work well, you need to be very detailed at the start of the process, you need to be able to accept that you have limited control and that sometimes things won’t be done as you would do them. I hate these things and that is why for the last 15 years I have tried to do everything in-house, at Leon Paul, in London. This way I can control everything and feel in charge of the companies own destiny...
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  • Training

    Wheelchair fencing, my story so far

    I was born with a disability which affects my left leg. Put simply; I have far too many veins in my leg, causing it to swell and hurt constantly. Growing up with a disability is hard; I was always very insecure and shy about my leg, being different can be tough at the best of times.

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  • Events

    One year of the Fencing Podcast

    This is a short post to show our appreciation for the guys at the Fencing Podcast, who are celebrating their first year in the business of all things fencing.
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  • Coaching

    British Fencing International Fencing Rules App

    British Fencing has released a new International Fencing Rules app. It costs £1.99 ($2.60) (€2.25) and is available on Google Play and Apple Store for mobile and tablet use.

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  • Events

    A German Champion at the German Championships

    A season's retreat

    Gaining a title is never easy. In any sport, at any age class, at any time. To defend a title is, it is said, even more difficult. On March 23, 2016, I managed to win the title of the German B-Youth Champion at my first German Championships in Halle, Germany. It was a hard piece of work, but the feeling of triumph was worth all the hard training, sweat and pain. What I did not know by then was that it was only the beginning.

    Text: Leander und Timo Helm
    Videos: Timo Helm, Oliver Gröteke

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