171029 Making It Flow

Our previous posts on matrixing the straight thrust as an initial attack and as an attack after the preparation by the parry and the class work following them highlighted several key factors in success on the strip: (1)  You cannot think the way a referee thinks.  The referee’s task is…

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171022 Matrixing the Riposte

So far we have looked at the simple, direct attack – the straight thrust, point thrust, or cut – and at the footwork associated with it.  One of the various forms of straight thrust/cut that our efforts identified is the straight thrust prepared by a parry, commonly termed the parry-riposte. …

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A Final Salute

It is with great sorrow that we announce that we have been informed of the death of John Shields.  Although John had not been on the piste for some time due to illness, he retained an active interest in the Salle and visited when he could.  John was a long…

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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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170917 The Salle Championships

This week we hold the 2017 Salle Championships.  We are devoting one weapon class for each weapon to this event: Monday for Foil, Thursday for Sabre, Epee, One Touch Epee.  These events are intended for the regular participants in those classes, and for our competitors who actively fence those weapons. …

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170903 Taking the Blade

As we have described before, there are three basic approaches to creating an opening with blade preparation in the attack.  You can get the opponent to move in reaction to your feint.  You can use percussion to move the blade from the line.  Or you can use leverage to open…

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170813 Renewals

No, we aren’t talking about renewing your USA Fencing membership, although you should have already done that by now.  Instead we are interested in renewals of the attack.  First, what is a renewal of the attack?  It is a conscious and distinct action to replace the blade on the target. …

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