A Busy Weekend

Congratulations to Mark, Silver Medal in Veterans Men’s Epee, and Max, Silver Medal in Cadet Men’s Foil at the St. James RJCC and Veterans tournament on 12 January. Mark’s only loss was to an Olympian in a field in which he was the only D, and D was the lowest…

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190106 The Attack

What is an attack? In simple terms it is an offensive action in which the blade is extended with the point or cutting edge threatening the opponent’s target area. When the attack starts is specified by the rules for foil and sabre. Regardless of what the rules say, the attack…

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181125 Parry Fundamentals

As part of our series on fundamentals, this week we will look at the parry.  In previous blog posts I have emphasized certain truths about the parry.  These are worth restating to establish the context of this technique: Parries are defensive actions.  They do not result in a touch being…

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181118 Extensions

Continuing our series on fundamentals, this week we look at extensions.  Extensions?  What is an extension?  Simply put an extension is the forward movement of the weapon arm with a trajectory such that the blade threatens the target with the point (all three weapons) or the cutting edge (sabre).  In…

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181111 The Guard

From time to time it is important to go back to fundamentals.  Why?  Because they are, well, fundamental.  In any sport, and in the vast majority of things in life, there are core skills upon which everything else is built.  You can’t go through the educational process and earn a…

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