160529 Footwork Invitations

Understanding bladework invitations sets the stage for footwork invitations.  In blade invites the movement of the blade from a stable position creates the conditions that attract an opponent’s attack.  The drift into an opening for a straight thrust, the lateral take that provokes the disengage, and the circular engagement change triggering …

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160410 Takings of the Blade

There are three ways to put an opponent’s blade in motion (thereby increasing the probability that he or she will be exposed to your hit): (1) by convincing the opponent to move the blade to react to a perceived attack (a feint or provocation), (2) by percussion (attacking the blade …

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160320 Beats

One underlying tactical reality of fencing is that the success rate of attacks increases when the opponent’s blade is moving away from the line into which the attack is being directed.  This seems rather obvious.  Unfortunately, it is obvious to the opponent as well, and few opponents do this willingly, unless as …

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160306 Eyes Open and Feints

Eyes open … don’t we always have our eyes open?  Well, mostly, although almost every fencer has closed their eyes at least once in the midst of an action during their career on the strip.  But whether or not your eyes are physically open is not what we are talking …

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