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Another Day in the Office – Part 3 of 3

As the lunch hour ends, the other fencers return to the club and everyone dresses-up and gets ready for a grueling 2 hours of bouting. Although coach Geva mixes things up a little from day-to-day, typically, this session includes some kind of round-robin pools with very large pools of 12-15 people. That is, each fencer has to fence everyone in their pool to 5 touches. Victories and losses are recorded on a huge pool sheet on the wall and a single 15-touch direct elimination (DE) table is formed using the pool results. Once the pools are done, it is just...
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Another Day in the Office – Part 2 of 3

Most of you who know us, know that the HurleyGurrls are not exactly peppy morning people. Fortunately, the camp started at 10am, which we would have preferred to be at 11am; however, it is a compromise we can live with. After feeding our screaming (and apparently starving) 2 cats, our breakfast is thrown together quickly to include yogurt, granola, blueberries or strawberries, and honey. We kiss the puppies, get dressed, throw a few Shaklee low-calorie Electrolyte powder sticks into our bag for our water bottles throughout the day, gather our fencing uniforms – pieces of which are hanging on every...
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Another Day in the Office (Part 1 of 3)

Good News! We have made a major upgrade in our website. The Bad News, however, is that the website has been down for a week.  Not to worry, HurleyGurrls are back online and on schedule!  As promised, from time to time, we will post a series of blog posts that describe what a typical “day in the office” is like for Olympic-level athletes (well, at least for the HurleyGurrls).  This particular series has 3 posts which will be published on consecutive days. This is part 1 of 3. Check back tomorrow and the next day for parts 2 and 3,...
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Happy New Year 2018!

  The Hurleygurrls are busy welcoming-in 2018 and are taking the week off from our blog this week!  We will be back next Monday! Happy New Year to all of our fans! We appreciate you and your family and wish you the best and brightest New Year ever!! Brrrrr it’s Sooooo Cold! Even in South Texas, it is 28 degrees (F) at the beginning of the new year; we hope that this is not a trend that will last for long! Fortunately, we have a bunch of dogs to help keep us warm because it is definitely at least a...
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Our First Youth Fencing Clinic!

Thank you to all of the youngsters (and parents) that came out to our first Youth Fencing Clinic held in conjunction with the Austin Challenge – Super Youth Circuit tournament last weekend. We had a blast with the kids and it looked like the kids (and parents) had a good time, too! In case you missed it and you want your kids to attend a future clinic, we will be conducting another one at the Fairfax Challenge on April 13 in Fredericksburg, VA (see our events page for details). Conducting our first clinic was quite a learning experience!  And we...
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Guest Blogger – Robert Hurley (aka Coach Papa Hurley) – Part 3 of 3.

So far, I have discussed the importance of athleticism, speed, and conditioning at an early age, the need to compete against similar age-group athletes which give young fencers a chance to win and all that this entails, and about the importance of lots of bouting in the environment in which you want to be successful. For Kelley & Courtney, this was Europe. What we found in Europe were fencers who competed at a much longer distance than fencers in the US. This is probably because they were more athletic than American youngsters and because they have a much richer history...
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