Hey Better Fencer fam,
Alas, we are still on hiatus. But, in the meantime, I wanted to share something cool with you. Michael Aufertig, the head fencing coach at Columbia University, recently co-created an awesome resource that I think will pique your interest.
If you’ve seen the movie Moneyball (or read the amazing book by Michael Lewis), you’ll be familiar with the term “sabermetrics.” Essentially, in baseball, it’s the use of statistics to help a team’s overall performance improve.
It was with that idea in mind that Fencing Metrics was born. In Mike’s own words:
“Fencing Metrics applies software and video editing techniques to produce evaluative & corrective feedback from the piste. It also cuts down the time it takes to learn. In short condensed clips, fencers can identify patterns and trends.”
They are early in the process of developing what the site will become. But there are some initial signs that it could be a seachange in how fencers think about video analysis. For example, they’ve figured out how to visualize the sequence of touches in a bout (they call these “candle graphs”) in a really interesting way.
There are also general analysis clips on the site that include commentary with top athletes and are available with a free account. The site also now accepts video submissions from users for custom analysis (for a fee).
I think we all could benefit from being a little more metrically minded in our training. And if you feel like that Fencing Metics could be a helpful new tool in your toolbox, I encourage you to check it out.
That’s all for now.