December 15, 2019

Aufrichtig, Michael
Fencing

Epee fencing with Coach Aufrichtig is the best PE class anybody can ever take at Columbia. Not only will you learn from the best, this class is also going to give you an unexpected community of people to grow closer to. Other reviews are spot on about how great Coach and the course are. But the community aspect really makes this class special, so much one of my classmates even wrote a Spec op-ed about it.

Workload:

Coach expects you to come to class with a fact about fencing or the team memorized for when you sign in.

January 06, 2009

Kolombatovich, George
Fencing

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George may appear slightly off kilter to those who don't catch the glimmer in his eyes as he makes fun of you in front of the whole class. If you really want to test his mettle, wear the T shirts of other Ivy League colleges and see how he reacts. A girl with a Yale shirt was poked fun at all semester because "ladies should not be wearing shirts with four letter words on them". It was hilarious, and the girl wore the shirt repeatedly. George is brilliant - make sure you count the number of times he says "pommel on the wrist" for the entire 14 weeks. Oh wait, he told us that a former student actually did, and it came up to over a 1000 times over the whole semester, so you do the math. George was absent alot this semester because he was off in China to help train other fencing judges because (and we had to Google to find this out) he is one of the world's best and most sought after fencing judges. And because of this, we learnt how to fence, as well as how to judge the scoring. Believe me, with tiny metal points going at speeds of more than 100mph even at beginner level, the class got into alot of headscratching just trying to figure out who got hit and who didn't. So if George is one of the best in the world, you're definitely studying with someone with real field experience.

Workload:

What workload?

January 23, 2008

Kogler, Aladar Silver_nugget
Fencing

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Aladar is the man. Seriously. Okay, the dude has a Masters' in fencing (I didn't even know those EXISTED before this past term) and a double doctorate in sports psychology and something else...and he's teaching fencing. To a bunch of klutzes like me. At Columbia. Of course he's amazing! Fencing itself is a lot of fun, and he does a really great job of teaching you the (sometimes tedious) basics of footwork and defense while letting you have fun waving around a foil in a highly controlled manner. Really great class, really great teacher...why would you not want to take this?

Workload:

Show up twice a week and fence. It's pass/fail like all the other gym classes, and basically, as long as you don't miss more than six classes, you pass. It's sweet.

October 31, 2007

Everson, Sharon Silver_nugget
Fencing

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What a wonderful woman. She is so talented and respected in her field. She has taken time off to help with the Olympics before. The Barnard fencing team is one of the best around, which is due to her instruction (I am sure).
Like any great mind, she is a little crazy. Her crazy comes down to students jerking around in class. Pay attention and try - you will be fine. If you do something well, she makes you feel like a million bucks. Especially if you do well enough to demonstrate. What a pick-me-up!

Sometimes she runs a little over the allotted 50-minutes, but that's just because she wants everyone to understand the moves since every class is built on past principles. Very straightforward instruction.

If nothing else, take this class because it is interesting. Who else do you know learning how to fence for college credit? It might score you points later in life.

Workload:

4-allowed absences. Builds your torso, arms and legs. Not much sweating involved.

November 12, 2006

Kogler, Aladar Silver_nugget
Fencing

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Amazing. he was the coach to the us olympic fencing team for like fifteen years, and now he teaches the fencing pe class to completely untalented beginners. where else are you going to get an opportunity like that? he's truely passionate about fencing and about you picking up fencing well, and his age, accomplishments, and eastern european/russin origin/accent demand respect. not without a sense of humor either. he says some truely funny shit that's all the more funny because he says it with an accent and you wouldnt expect it from his serious demeanor. one of my best experiences at columbia and something that i will brag about for the rest of my life.

May 22, 2004

Kolombatovich, George
Fencing

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George is great! He really cares a lot about you learning to fence properly and he will work with you individually if you need help. He also tells you about the history behind fencing, which is actually pretty interesting. Through the whole thing he is very funny--not laugh-out-loud funny, but joking around in a more mellow way. Class somehow managed to be casual and structured at the same time. I may not have gotten that good at fencing, but I learned a lot anyway while having fun at the same time. My only complaint--and it's a small one--is that George is not that great with names. All around, a really great guy; you'll be lucky to have him. Definitely worth taking his class.

Workload:

This is PE. You shouldn't be doing any work outside of class. As usual, you can skip 6 classes and still pass.

June 08, 2002

Kogler, Aladar Silver_nugget
Fencing

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One of my goals in coming to Columbia was to expose myself to experiences that I otherwise would not get to experience in the real world. Taking this course helped me work towards this goal. You won't learn how to fence worth anything - can you imagine learning to speak French from only 2 hours a week of class, for one semester, with no time outside of class expended? - but Kogler realizes this (and says so), so organizes the class based on this, so that by the end of the semester you are able to perform the basic moves and techniques used by real fencers, albeit rather sloppily. The early part of the semester is a bit slow, as you're learning the footwork, but once you pick up the foil, it becomes more interesting, until at the end, it's free fencing. The class is divided between periods of lecture/demonstration and periods of practicing moves in pairs. If you miss class, you'll fall behind, unless your partner can fill you in. Overall, it's a class that I'm glad that I took. Oh, and besides being the Columbia team's head coach, Kogler is also the coach of the U.S. Olympic team. Just cool to know.

Workload:

It's phys-ed. If you spend one minute practicing the sport outside of the 50 minute period, you should get yourself a real major.

January 30, 2002

Kogler, Aladar Silver_nugget
Fencing

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If you think you're going to be like zorro think again. All you learn is hand positions, and the ways to step. Plus, you wear dirty masks and gloves filled with OPS (other people's sweat) Some people in the class are too aggressive and you can get hurt if you are scrawny or weak. If you're an advanced fencer Adlar is supposed to be a European Fencing Champ or something of that nature. Steeped in rich tradition. Recommend for the motivated fencer.

Workload:

miss 6 classes

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