My goal for this fencing season is to observe. Fencing has gone by pretty fast the last couple of years, and I feel like I’ve missed out on some small, but important details. Hopefully, by the end of the year, I’ll have a stash of little observations that could have a huge impact along my path to swordsmanship.
Observation #001 – A Compliment Feels Better than a Win
I noticed that, if I compare the feelings of winning a fight and giving my opponent a genuine compliment, the compliment feels better. With every compliment given, I felt better and enjoyed each fight more, whether I won or lost. I can feel there is a difference between fighting an opponent and fighting a friend. Finding a genuine compliment beyond just “good fight” or “well done” made me feel like I was fighting friends.