A successful relationship between a fencer and a coach is at once professional and personal. Everybody involved knows that a service is being exchanged for money, but after years of working one-on-one several days a week, two people become well attuned to each other’s moods and rhythms. On top of that, it’s likely that the two share a love for the sport; it’s easy to bond over a passion in common.
The student has to trust the coach in a lot of ways: with their physical safety, with their emotional health, and with the future of their skill in the sport.
Over the last few days I have been thinking a lot about how much I appreciate my coach. Some of the things he does that I am grateful for: Staying until ten without dinner twice a week to give me a lesson after practice. Being the first person at my side when I was injured, lending an ear when my love life was looking down, and talking me down from fencing self-destruction in sixty seconds at more than one tournament. All the times my lesson stretched from thirty minutes to forty-five.
Above all, though, I am thankful that he takes my ambition and dedication seriously no matter how far the odds are stacked against me.
I have been in a bit of a mood this week and could use some heartwarming. You can help if you use the comments to tell me something special about your coach or student!