180819 The Preparation

Last week we examined attacks on preparation, so it would seem that considering the preparation itself might be only fair.  Tyshler and Logvin, in the FIE’s Sports Fencing manual for coach training state that preparatory actions are “applied in order to receive immediate information on opponent’s intentions, creation of an distraction…

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171008 Matrixing the Direct Thrust/Cut

Fencing has long had a fascination with tables.  Older Italian fencing manuals, in particular, were distinguished by detailed synoptic tables that laid out all conceivable actions in the various lines, along with the counteractions and even counter-counteractions.  The problem, of course, is that fencing is messy with many different ways…

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