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Toby Christensen
11th October 09, 10:55 PM
I am considering 100 metre dash running under my cousin (who does athletics coaching) for the following hypothetical reasons:

1) It will make me faster at running (um durr)
2) It will make me fitter and more resilient (um durr durr)
3) As per neural regeneration, it will improve my physical and mental health
4) I am not currently permitted to engage in contact sports, so between that and the occasional hitting the bag instead of hitting slags I will be okay

Ajamil
12th October 09, 12:27 AM
I'll just encourage you to take up this activity before the trolls pop in.

Toby Christensen
12th October 09, 12:31 AM
Thanks

And yes I know your boygod is better at it.

That fucker is better at EVERYTHING.

Kein Haar
12th October 09, 06:55 AM
Video?

FickleFingerOfFate
12th October 09, 04:25 PM
Video?


Time-lapse, Plz.

Ajamil
12th October 09, 05:00 PM
I was horrible at track and field in school. I remember in Middle School we all had to choose some sort of track and field event for intramurals. I got the 100 meter dash and shot put. I did OK with shot put, but in the 100 meter dash I came in third - about 5 seconds behind the guy in second, and only beating the kid with Down's Syndrome.

Spade: The Real Snake
12th October 09, 05:05 PM
In the 100 meter dash I came in third - about 5 seconds behind the guy in second, and only beating the kid with Down's Syndrome.
Which is why Toby vowed to avenge his loss and created this thread

Ajamil
12th October 09, 05:12 PM
Couldn't have been Toby - the Down's Syndrome kid had more friends than me.

I hated Middle School. Thankfully I went before all the school shootings thing happened. They had us write our plans for school in one class and I wanted to see if teachers actually read those things so I wrote about how I wasn't planning anything because I was going to shoot everyone and then myself. Got a few months of therapy for that one, but no expulsion.

Spade: The Real Snake
12th October 09, 05:17 PM
Couldn't have been Toby - the Down's Syndrome kid had more friends than me.

I hated Middle School. Thankfully I went before all the school shootings thing happened. They had us write our plans for school in one class and I wanted to see if teachers actually read those things so I wrote about how I wasn't planning anything because I was going to shoot everyone and then myself. Got a few months of therapy for that one, but no expulsion.
So are YOU Toby's id or is he YOUR id?

Ajamil
12th October 09, 06:02 PM
http://library.duke.edu/lilly/film-video/images/forbidden-planet.jpg

Doritosaurus Chex
12th October 09, 07:47 PM
More badass and less likelly for you to be made fun of:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/12/nyregion/12fencing.html?_r=4

Ajamil
12th October 09, 07:50 PM
Login fail. Copy paste?

Ajamil
12th October 09, 07:51 PM
The 100 meter would be much more fun if it were full conjtact. I always wanted to see if people would go for speed or stamina. Something about winning in full plate and with a mace just makes me giddy.

FickleFingerOfFate
12th October 09, 07:54 PM
I always thought the baton in relays should be dual purpose.

Toby Christensen
12th October 09, 08:52 PM
The 100 meter would be much more fun if it were full conjtact. I always wanted to see if people would go for speed or stamina. Something about winning in full plate and with a mace just makes me giddy.

Assuming you're talking functional battle armour, I don't see why not.

Doritosaurus Chex
12th October 09, 09:09 PM
Login fail. Copy paste?

tl;dr version: Wheelchair fencing and there was a video too.




Fencing Their Way, and Loving It
Tina Kelley/The New York Times


MAPLEWOOD, N.J. — “Circle six, parry four, parry, riposte,” Mickey Zeljkovic chanted, running Bianca Hollywood, 13, through her fencing moves.
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Bianca has spina bifida and a pronounced S curve to her spine. But when she wears her mask and lamé, the underjacket that conducts electricity during fencing bouts, she can compete with fencers who can walk, as well as those who cannot.

“It’s a lot of fun, but it takes a lot of time to learn some of the moves,” she said after her session at the New Jersey Fencing Alliance.

The fencing club, in this suburban Essex County township, is developing what are believed to be the only wheelchair fencing classes for young people in the Northeast. Mr. Zeljkovic, who has coached Tariq al Qallaf, an adult world-champion wheelchair fencer, trains a handful of young people in the program, which began in May.

At the club’s headquarters, essentially a 17,500-square-foot room that holds 200 able-bodied competitors some weekends, the wheelchairs are secured to brackets that keep them from moving. Each bracket costs up to $8,000 and positions the duelers an appropriate distance from each other (determined by the fencer with the shorter reach).

The wheelchair-adapted sport traces its roots to veterans returning from World War II, and is only recently attracting followers among young people, with training programs in Atlanta, San Antonio and San Diego, among others. There are now only 27 wheelchair athletes in the United States Fencing Association, so the staff at the club believes there is ample opportunity for young people who start now to reach national-level competitions and even the Paralympic Games.

George Janto, president of the fencing club, hopes to have at least a dozen young fencers in training this year, and is looking for more participants, whose training and competition costs would be covered by the club and its fund-raising efforts. His first six fencers have conditions like spina bifida and cerebral palsy, as well as spinal cord injuries, and were referred by the Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, N.J.

“Of all the sports they can participate in, that are offshoots of standing sports, fencing has the least amount of special circumstances to fit a handicapped person,” he said. “It uses the same equipment and the same weapons. If there are 10,000 rules in fencing, 9,990 apply to wheelchair fencers.”

In fact, fencing at such short range, without the use of a lunge — the fundamental offensive move — can prove a challenge for able-bodied fencers who sit down for bouts with their peers in wheelchairs.

Mr. Zeljkovic’s wife, Jelena, who also works at the club, said, “You’ve got to use everything in a closer distance, and you have a shorter amount of time to think of what you’re going to do — you’ve got to think very fast.”

Mr. Zeljkovic, a five-time Serbian national fencing champion in all weapons who came to Maplewood via Kuwait to coach wheelchair fencing, added: “Fencing is like physical chess for them. They have to be very quick, and make the right decision in a particular time. They must think two to three movements in front.”

Bianca’s mother, Toni Hollywood, remembers watching her daughter sit alone in her chair at the playground at her elementary school during recess. The staff brought a desk out for her so she could play board games, but she was excluded from the physical fray.

Bianca throws the discus and shot on the Lightning Wheels track team at the hospital, but wanted to try more activities. After rejecting opportunities to play wheelchair hockey, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis, Bianca was excited to attend a fencing demonstration at the club in May.

“She was ear-to-ear smiling that night, and she’s been coming back ever since,” Ms. Hollywood said. “For her, she’s not that strong an athlete. She has perseverance. I think this is more of an intellectual sport, and it seems to suit her.”

Trisha Yurochko, marketing coordinator for the hospital and the head coach of Lightning Wheels, said of the team members who have started fencing, “Everybody looks at them differently.”

For some of the duelers, she said, “In track, they give me their all, all the time, but they’re not consistent medal winners.” But in fencing, they have found a new competitive edge.

“It’s something they can compete in and do well,” she said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Janto has plans to raise money so the group of wheelchair fencers can compete in the Summer National Championships in Atlanta in July. Colleen Mooney of Clark, N.J., who brings her son, Timothy, 15, to the weekly lessons, has noticed changes in the young people since May.

“They have a lot more confidence in themselves, that they can do what other children can do,” she said. “They may have their own special way of doing it, but they can it do like anyone else.”

Toby Christensen
13th October 09, 12:54 AM
Actually there's a sports fencing chapter for people with CP.

I used to do stickfighting using a foam covered baton vs an able bodied small skinny man (the one I out outcrappled)

At one point he taunted me and then picked me up in a hype when I charged.

I turned the baton around and poked him as hard as I could in the kidney with the blunt, uncovered part.

Ajamil
13th October 09, 08:09 AM
Awesome, TS. Kidney poking, not so much.

resolve
13th October 09, 11:53 PM
Now that you've decided to do this, enough to even warrant an internet thread, you need to go all the way with it regardless of the outcome. Even if it turns out you suck or are awesome at the 100m dash, keep it up and don't let others dissuade you.

Best of luck in your new endeavour.

Kein Haar
14th October 09, 11:19 AM
Right. Video too. Time lapse.

In all fairness, that would be funny for almost anyone.

Especially Djimbe.

Ajamil
14th October 09, 11:24 AM
I'm told when I run I look like the stick figures on caution signs, or a Cactuar.

Toby Christensen
14th October 09, 07:57 PM
I can outrun my brother's main squeeze, which will be exceedingly useful when the zombie invasion happens.

She is also not interested in a spot in my bunker/bachelor pad, so it works out nicely.

FickleFingerOfFate
14th October 09, 08:29 PM
She is also not interested in a spot in my bunker/bachelor pad, so it works out nicely.


Is anyone really surprised by this?



Anyone?


Anyone?



Bueller?



Bueller?

Toby Christensen
14th October 09, 11:44 PM
Um,

Once again you don't know what you're talking about FFF, so better get back to your button-pushing.