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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A to Z Blog Challenge: The Letter M




The Write Game's Theme 
AtoZ Blog Challenge
2014

Stuff I Learned or Laughed at from Bloggers in the 2013 A to Z Challenge .
All you gots to do is identify the Mystery Blogger each day. I’ll give you hints when I can. I'll post the answers and the winner each Monday. 

One visitor each week) can win: 
Week 3) an ebook of Sliding On The Edge 
Week 4) an ebook of The Princess of Las Pulgas 
Week 5) Signed copy of The Princess of Las Pulgas

(If you already have one of the prizes, I'll figure something else out!)

BY

1) identifying the most bloggers correctly=2 points.  
2) leaving witty comments=1 point or more depending on glibness
3) adding to the information and making it more valuable=2 points 

TIES WILL BE BROKEN BY MY CAT. SHE'S FAIR AND IMPARTIAL.UNLESS CATNIP IS INVOLVED, THEN SHE GOES WITH THE BEST SUPPLIER. 


ALISHA


Mystery Blogger M’s 2013 theme: “My A to Z theme is fencing and swordplay, focusing mainly on fencing terminology, but with a few favorite movie fencing moments thrown into the mix too."

M is for Moulinet: a whirling cut, executed from the wrist or elbow.

"Ok, when I re-read this term (remember it's been a number of years since I fenced), I got really excited. I thought, hey, that's the move that I injured myself with! I know, it's a strange thing to get excited about, but I decided to research the term more fully because of that "personal" connection. 

After doing a great deal of searching, and reading, I decided that actually the move that I injured myself with couldn't be a moulinet. Moulinets start with a whirling cut that exposes the arm and elbow to the opponent. Most modern saber fencers would take a quick cut at the exposed arm and elbow and get a point before the fancy whirling move finished. However, small moulinet type moves are still used, executed from the wrist and fingers. 

Basically all that big circling stuff we see in movies is the stuff that makes most fencers say, "I could have hit them five times by the time they got their blade around!"

I couldn't find a good saber fencing video of a moulinet, so I searched around and found this one from a two handed long-sword coach. This video is long, but it shows both the move, and the determination of dedicated practice. And remember, he's going practice speed, so he's probably not going full out." 

I'd never heard of this term before. Have you?

Here's the video if you have time. 


Who was it? HINT: Sorry out of hints today.

SIGN UP or VISIT the others who are on this AtoZ Challenge and check out the HOSTS:



Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out
Tina @ Life is Good
Damyanti @ Amlokiblogs
Jeremy @ Being Retro
Nicole Ayers - The Madlab Post





64 comments:

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    1. Good morning. What a surprise to find you here first today.

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  2. Alex is so right. I was battering my brain trying to remember her last name. Her theme was rare enough for me to remember.

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    1. It was unusual. I loved reading the posts.

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  3. I haven't heard the term at all. I learned something today

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  4. Tyrean! I was so impressed by her theme. I would kill myself and probably someone else if I ever tried to do any of the techniques she wrote about LOL.

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    1. Had to learn something about sword play once. It wasn't easy.

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  5. Okay, so yes, I remember this being Tyrean Martinson because I know so little about fencing that I was astounded that the A to Z challenge could be completed just on this form of swordplay.

    Yes, I know, I totally admit my ignorance and the shame that goes along with it ::-)

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    1. You're not alone. I was wondering what the X and Z were going to be. Very interesting.

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  6. i remember reading the posts, but couldn't think of Tyrean until i saw the comments above - i always forget how athletic and extreme she is! she does it all! amazing! love your highlights!

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  7. Fencing is such a cool sport. I'd love to learn more about it some day.

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    1. I guess everyone knew about this when swords were the weapons of choice. Those and clubs. :-(

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    1. You are amazing. Have you guessed every one of these bloggers?

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  9. A-to-Zers have picked some interesting topics.

    Yvonne

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  10. I think my wrists would give out fast! They hurt just watching the video but I love swords, especially the big Claymores...and the Scottish hunks who wield them. ;)

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    1. Yes to those Scottish hunks. Let them wield the swords while we watch, heh?

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  11. Hi Lee - I obviously need to go back to Tyrean's 2013 posts and learn all about Fencing and Swordplay .. if you'd asked me re Moulinet - I'd have said cookery term .. how wrong can I be! Cheers Hilary

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  12. Ooooh I remember this one! I remember this one!!! Tyrean :D

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  13. I should know it, but I don't, and I'm not going to cheat and read everyone else's guesses, but I'm totally into the whole swords play and terms.

    True Heroes from A to Z

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    1. Another honest person. I swear it has to be the cheese.

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  14. Tyrean Martinson. I had a friend in college who enjoyed fencing. Tyrean reminds me of her.

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  15. I'll go along with everyone else's guess. My daughter wants to take fencing lessons. Looks fun...

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    1. That would be fun watching your daughter learn this sport.

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  16. I love watching fencing in movies. It looks almost like dance. I will stick with the crowd

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    1. It is so graceful when it's done well.

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  17. Righty ho, superstar celebrity author, Lee,

    Much to my sooprise, sooprise!.... the ninja dude arrived and left the answer that may be the answer to the question that you ask.

    Perhaps I should just stare at the screen until your "N" pops up. Still probably wont be able to comment before the ninja Admiral or whatever you call him.

    Speaking of fencing, before I make "Épée" of myself, I shall get the heck outta' here.....

    Your always starstruckest fan,

    Gary

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    1. Your swash and buckle is always appreciated here, so stay and stare. Please. I think I should offer a prize to anyone who beats Alex to my blog.

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    2. *taps fingers*.....desperately waiting for "N".............................................................................................................................

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  18. Fencing looks like something fun to watch, but not to do. Too dangerous for this wimp. :-)
    Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

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    1. This one, too. Although, I did give a go once.

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  19. I always wanted to take a fencing class. Interesting choice for a theme.

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    1. I've forgotten the X post or the Z. I should go back and see what she did for those.

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  20. What an interesting subject for the challenge, but I have no idea who it is! :-(

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    1. I thought it was an interesting subject, too. I learned a lot about it.

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  21. I remember visiting those posts, and boy did Tyrean teach me a lot about fencing. This year, I'm learning about Martial Arts. Figured turn around is fair play. Your turn to guess, Lee :)

    Teresa

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  22. What a cool theme you have for your A to Z Challenge! Also, I am so impressed how many people knew the answer about whose blog it was. Either they have amazing memories or great googlefu :)

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  23. I'm stumped and I'm reading others comments. LOL I won't cheat! I didn't know...

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  24. Moulinet is a brand new word to me. I like it though, although in my mind I am certain I am mispronouncing it. Hmmmm.

    I have never had any desire to learn fencing, though I always thought it quite a romantic sport. :-)

    Thank you for stretching my mind in places it never thought to go before!

    Julie Jordan Scott
    The Bold Writer from A to Z

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  25. I have never heard of this term, so I am thinking I missed this A-Z post last year. I am stumped. :)
    ~Jess

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  26. Interesting. I know nothing about fencing. Enjoyed learning about it though. :)

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  27. Growing up, I knew an actual Junior National Fencing champion. And what does he do today? He's a "life coach." Oh how the mighty have fallen. And if you're out of hints, I'm out of guesses...

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    1. Oh, Lexa. You tickle that bone in my that's funny.

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  28. It always looks like it might be fun but I've never in my life tried it nor do I know anything about it.

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  29. I took fencing in college. Loved it. Always wanted to be a Musketeer.

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    1. I think you are a Musketeer! No. I know you are.

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  30. Interesting theme for the challenge.

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    1. Thanks, Sunday! Appreciate your visit.

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  31. Nice to know about fencing and yeah followed you.

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    1. Noticed, Choki! Thanks. I love your blog. The images are beautiful.

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  32. I don't know about the blogger, but swords are fascinating.

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  33. That particular theme would deter anyone from breaking into Tyrean's Writing Spot:)

    WriterlySam
    Echoes of Olympus
    A to Z #TeamDamyanti

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  34. Did I do the Challenge last year? I vaguely remember this theme but I couldn't have told you who did it. Then we have Alex to tell us.

    Lee
    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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    1. I think you did. The only person I'm sure of is me. I did it. I remember the mid-point, slumped over my keyboard.

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  35. My cats often use the moulinet move against each other... and my dog.

    Random Musings from the KristenHead — M is for Max (the Puppy) and Mom

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