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Sports Psychology, Tactics, Strategy-Emik Kaidanov     Apr 11, 2020 - Apr 12, 2020
Nova Fencing Club: Falls Church, VA This clinic deals with psychological preparations for tournaments, psychological development of fencers for bouts, tactical and strategic developments of bouts. Clinic is taught and led by Emik Kaidanov
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   Map to 3431 Carlin Springs Rd., Suite E Falls Church VA 22041
posted 08/30/2019
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This clinic deals with psychological preparations for tournaments, psychological development of fencers for bouts, tactical and strategic developments of bouts. Clinic is taught and led by Emik Kaidanov

Preregistration opens on 08/01/2019.
Preregistration closes on 04/11/2020.

Start Time: 9 am Saturday April 11th and Sunday April 12th.

Cost: $50 per participant for Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday will focus on Sports Psychology, preparation for tournaments, relaxation techniques, tactical and strategic preparation as well as self-assessment. Sunday tournament will be used for observation, discussion and further development of fencers and assessment of implementation of concepts discussed.
Observation and discussions of applications during and after Valkyrie tournament on Sunday.


Emmanuil G. Kaidanov (kigh-DAN-off) is a fencing master, retired FIE A referee and former Head Coach of the Men's and Women's fencing teams at Penn State. Emik Kaidanov was inducted into USFA Hall of Fame and is the most winning coach in NCAA Fencing history.

Kaidanov immigrated to the United States in 1979 from the Soviet Union, where he had competed as a world-class fencer and served as a coach. He was a candidate for the U.S.S.R. National team in saber from 1958 to 1964.

Kaidanov has been a fencing coach for over 40 years and is in his 31st year at Penn State. He has developed both the Men's and Women's teams into perennial NCAA Championship contenders with the men sporting a 403-36 record in dual meets (92 percent) and the women boasting a 392-41 mark (91 percent). He won his 600th career dual meet during the 2004-05 season, and reached his 700th victory during the 2009-10 season.

In 2010, Kaidanov led Penn State to its second consecutive NCAA team title, which is the Nittany Lions 12th. Placing the Lions firmly at the top of the NCAA fencing world. In the decade of the `90's, his teams won back-to-back NCAA combined titles in 1990 and 1991 and finished second in 1992, 1993 and 1994. Penn State won a record six straight titles from 1995 to 2000. Penn State started the new decade in style with its sixth straight national championship (2000). After a second place finish in 2001, Penn State reclaimed the NCAA title with a superb effort in 2002. The Lions were runners-up in 2003, 2004 and 2006 before claiming the team title in 2007. After a fourth place finish in 2008, Penn State claimed titles in both 2009 and 2010.

During Kaidanov's tenure, the men's team has finished in the top three in 25 out of 29 seasons, while the women's squad has improved from 10th place in 1986 to first place six times in the `90s. For these accomplishments, Kaidanov was honored as the 1990, 1991 NCAA and 1996 USFCA Coach-of-the-Year. He shared this honor with his assistant coach, Wes Glon. In 2017 Emik Kaidanov was inducted into USFA Hall of Fame for his life-long contribution as a coach.

Kaidanov graduated from the State College of Physical Education at Kharkov-USSR, where he earned a Master of Science in Physical Education, a Minor in Anatomy, Sports Psychology and Physiology, and a Master of the Sport of Fencing. His postgraduate studies include methods of teaching fencing, research methods, as well as sport and medical massage.

Kaidanov's research publications include: methods of teaching fencing, specifics for teaching left-handed fencers, teaching fencers with physical disabilities, and exercises for better reaction time.

Kaidanov has considerable experience on the international level. Between 1985 and 1993 he coached U.S. teams at the World Championships (`85, `86), World University Games (`85, `89, `91 and captain in `93), Maccabiah Games, Pan American Junior Championships and World Under-20 Championships. Kaidanov served as the United States Fencing Association's National Training Director in 1998-99.

KAIDANOV FAST FACTS

• 12 NCAA Combined Championships (1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2009,2010)

• 28 NCAA Individual Titles

• 1 Four-Time NCAA Champion Olga Kalinovskaya, foil, `93-'96

• 10 Olympians Jana Angelakis, Peter Cox, Suzi Paxton, Tom Strzalkowski, Alex Weber (Germany), Doris Willette, Nonpatat Panchan (Thailand), Adam Wiercioch (Poland), Miles Chamley-Watson, Daniel Gomez-Tanamachi (Mexico)

• 188 All-Americans Including five last year.

• 25 Top Three NCAA Men's Finishes

• 20 Top Three NCAA Women's Finishes

• Men's Record: 403-36 (92 Percent) 30 seasons at Penn State. Nine undefeated seasons.

• Women's Record: 392-41 (91 Percent) 27 seasons at Penn State. Eight undefeated seasons.