[Ansteorra-rapier] Rene's Fighting

Sean Hertzberg colsith at gmail.com
Fri Jun 21 11:29:08 PDT 2013

Hell, that was meant to be private.
Please ignore.

I am an idiot.


On Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 1:27 PM, Sean Hertzberg <colsith at gmail.com> wrote:

> One of the issue's that we have discussed in the past as something Rene
> needs to work on is prowess.  Will he be able to fight at the level we
> expect of the Circle?
> In answer to a call to help push him forward, several folks have made
> trips to Austin to work with Rene at practice.  This was a good thing, was
> great to see folks there and they got to work with several people at our
> practice, as well as work with Rene to help him fight better.  Thank you to
> those that made the journey, always great to see you.
> After a few weeks of this, the proclamation was made by a couple folks
> that Rene was now ready.  His fighting issues have been fixed and he is
> ready to go.  (yes, there are other issues that have been raised, some of
> them the same ones that have been raised about Rene multiple times, but for
> now, concentrating on the fighting question).  When this proclamation was
> made, I questioned it because I felt that 3 weeks of working at practice is
> not the same as what does someone do in a tourney.  I was assured that this
> was not a problem, he was ready to go.
> So...this last weekend was Hellsgate's event.  Rene was there and entered
> the list.  It was a swiss 5.  He fought well for the fights I watched.
> However, I will bring up the fight where he faced me.  We fought sword and
> dagger, his best style.  For me, it is not my fav, certainly not my best.
> As we got ready to walk on the field, I said to him "alright, bring
> it...show me what you have."  I looked forward to seeing what he would do
> with his new attitude.
> And they called lay on, and I came on guard, stepped into range....and
> looked at him for a moment as if to ask if he really wanted to do this.  He
> did not move and about 2 seconds later I hit him with the same shot I have
> been hitting him with for the last 7 or 8 years.  Bam.  Foot, gone.  He and
> I have worked on the counter, I have told him numerous times to hit me in
> the head when I go for his foot.  He never moved.  And once the foot was
> gone, the fight was over.
> Now....this was one fight.  And while my foot shot may not be at the level
> of Brendan's, it is still a damn effective shot.  And we all have things
> that for whatever reason we simply have a mental block with.  I know I have
> a couple still.  But for someone that we have been told everything is
> solved and after 3 practices he was now a new man and ready to stand toe to
> toe with whoever....sorry, he stood there and let me hit him.
> I will say it again, I really like Rene.  I think he has the potential to
> be one hell of a WS.  I do also feel there are still some issues to
> resolve.  This is one of them.  And as a member of this circle, I feel it
> is my job to say something.  If the rest of the circle disagrees, not a
> problem.  I do not feel that he will do any harm if he is brought into the
> circle.  If Her Majesty decides that he is ready and wishes to elevate him,
> I think that is fine.  I will support her choice and welcome him gladly.
> But because of this, and a few other reasons that have been mentioned
> before, my vote for now will have to remain "Not Yet".
> In service, always,
> Avery
> --

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