170319 Surprise and the System

Surprise is the creation of unexpected conditions that (1) hamper or defeat the opponent’s actions and/or (2) facilitate successful actions by the fencer.  Surprise may be strategic or tactical.  Strategic Surprise involves changes in conditioning and physical performance, technical skill, tactical skill, or mental skill from one mesocycle (a training cycle …

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170305 Systems and Systems

The modern fencer faces a very complex tactical environment.  It is not enough to know blade technique and footwork – risk assessment, statistical influence of hits in the bout and the pool, timing control, distance control, retention of the initiative, energy and hydration management, management of the fencer’s psychological state, …

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161009 The Lunge

Continuing with the fundamentals, the fundamental means of carrying the attack forward is the footwork movement known as the lunge.  It is important to distinguish between the attack and the lunge, and to understand that modern fencing has really muddied the waters.  The attack is the bladework action that carries the …

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