And so began an exciting second tournament for the Crafter Monkey! She was pumped, prepped, focused and ready! All week-long I had never seen her so determined to prepare herself: practicing in the back yard, conditioning on the back patio, having me time her jumping exercises, lunging at empty beer cans (yeah I know – it’s the white trash way to practice fencing at home!)
This Molten Sword Tournament was different from the last for three reasons: new electronic scoring system, Coach moved the tourney to a larger location = local Salvation Army Gym, and hired a professional referee (in previous tournaments coaches from the club had been the referees).
The fencing was great, the sportsmanship = very friendly off the strip and very competitive on, as it should be. But as always, there were smiles, hand shakes, and salutes after every bout.
Great intensity by all the fencers, but I must admit I was a tad bit disappointed in the fans. They were very underwhelming to begin with. After being at many Horse Shows, a Rodeo, soccer games and other sporting events this summer where loud cheering and borderline obnoxious encouragement of the players is sanctioned, the fencing fans were so subdued I thought they may have mistaken the tournament for a funeral at the library. I began applauding after each point was scored but did not go wild when the Crafter Monkey won her first bout (I did not want to embarrass her, you know how kids get sometimes..). But the Coach did encourage me to get a bit rowdy in an effort to spur some other parents and supporters on. Do not fear though, I did not pull the cow bell or air horn out of my bag lest I mortify the CM! But after a few more bouts some more audience participation followed.
Another surprise among the audience was the addition of laser eye pieces worn by Monkey Boy and Wee Monkey and deftly crafted by the Mr. Monkey in their spare hours before the tournament. Take note of the cross hairs for citing of opponents. There were strict instructions given not to destroy opponents until after matches.
Be afraid, be very afraid! They were the hit of the non-fencing youth! And Mr. Monkey had quite a few inquiries as to when he would be going into production for the holiday rush. I swear there were a few people who wanted to place orders!
Alongside all the off-strip fashions were the on-strip fashions. “Fashions?” you wonder.. Yessiree! I realize that there are not many personalization options in a fencing uniform – white, white, white and more white. As a parent, I’m really glad there is no mud involved in this sport! The only part of the uniform that does allow for a bit of flash and pizzazz are the socks. So I’ve noticed when it comes to showing off ones individuality – It’s All About The Socks!
I don’t think any of the kids is superstitious enough yet to have a pair of lucky socks yet and I really hope they never do, because that could only lead to the drama of forgetting a sock or heaven forbid — the evil dryer eating a lucky sock!!
But I digress…. here is a last picture of the winning trio of the youth fencers! All the kids who participated did a fantastic job, but I must add that the CM was really happy to have a trophy to add to her Horsey ones at home!
I just want to send out a huge thanks to Coach Dentino, Mrs. Coach, Mrs. Vogler and many other volunteers who helped out to make the tournament a success. Everything went smoothly, we loved the changes and updates and I know the CM is looking forward to giving her all to training for the Travel Team this Fall. If you or your kids might be interested in sport fencing in the Batavia/Genesee County area, check out EnGarde Batavia. (and no, I’m not receiving any kick-backs – but do tell them I set you!!)