Martin Mieloszyk on Electric Scoring in Modern Fencing

Since 1998, Martin Mieloszyk has held a variety of business positions in New York. He started as a Porsche sales manager and more recently filled a position as a financial analyst for VR Mergers & Acquisitions. Before relocating to the United States, Martin Mieloszyk attended the University of Warsaw and was a member of the Polish National Epee and Sabre Teams.

The sport of fencing is characterized by an extremely rapid burst of attacks, blocks, and counterattacks between two contenders, each armed with a pointed weapon. Though the sport mimics armed conflict, the rules dictate that a winner is decided by an accrual of points within a time frame, which can be difficult to decipher given the rate of play. Widespread technological advancements have made it convenient to institute electric scoring as a means for deciding when a point is scored. While three varieties of weapon are used in fencing, the general principle is illustrated by the example of the foil.

The foil is a light weapon for thrusting at the torso, neck, and groin. Competitors wear a metallic vest called a lamé, which covers these parts of the body. Foils are built today with a button at the end that electrically registers a valid hit when the foil’s tip makes contact with the vest, or registers an off-target hit if it touches a non-metallic area on the opponent.

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About martinmieloszyk

Fluent in English, Polish, Russian, and French, Martin Mieloszyk has traveled the world in pursuit of education and cultural enlightenment. Currently residing in New York, Martin Mieloszyk started his career as a Regional Manager at Porsche Cars North America, Inc., in 1998, followed by a four-year tenure with First Allied/Wells Fargo Bank managing public relations and subsequently its investment banking departments. In 2004, Martin Mieloszyk accepted a position as Chief Corporate Officer with SSMC Bank and later joined the Royal Alliance division of AIG, where he contributed to the development of the company’s marketing and sales strategies. As a result of his efforts, the average investment amount increased to exceed the established company quotas. Most recently, Martin Mieloszyk served as President for L’Marc International, Inc., as the head of the Mergers & Acquisitions Division. In this capacity, he performed multiple business analyses; consulted with business owners or management teams who intended to sell, acquire, or merge their companies; and developed targeted marketing strategies for those businesses. An alumnus of Paris-Sorbonne University, the largest school of literature, languages, culture, and art in France, Martin Mieloszyk earned a Bachelor of Science in Information and Communication and Slavic Studies. While living in Great Britain, he attended University of Oxford and obtained a Master of Computer Science in Programming and Software Engineering. Finally, Martin Mieloszyk graduated with honors from the University of Warsaw in Poland, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Economic Sciences. A Board Member of the Polish Slavic Center, Martin Mieloszyk is also affiliated with Polish American Congress and The Kosciuszko Foundation (formerly the Polish-American Scholarship Committee), which was founded by Dr. Stephen Mizwa in 1923 to connect Polish students with American universities. In his spare time, Martin Mieloszyk serves as a member of the Polish National Fencing Team in epée and sabre. He also practices Kendo, meaning “Way of the Sword,” and takes part in Kendo tournaments, displaying a contemporary Japanese martial art of sword fighting derived from the traditional samurai swordsmanship.
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