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eBook by John 'Jes' Smith
eBook Category: Sports/Entertainment/Reference
eBook Description: The definitive guide to this increasingly popular sport. In this comprehensive guide to the practice and techniques of fencing, John 'Jes' Smith, one of Britain's foremost fencing masters, provides an essential reference work for newcomers to this fascinating sport. Informative and practical, The Fencing Manual covers both basic and more advanced techniques, and offers expert advice on how to get the most out of your fencing training.
eBook Publisher: Summersdale Publishers Ltd, Published: 2007
Fictionwise Release Date: June 2007
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Adobe Reader ISBN: 1840243317
Although fencing has variously been described as an art or science
and many books on the subject dwell on the history of swordplay,
fencing is a modern sport, requiring, like any other sport,
commitment to physical endeavour, dedication to the necessary
skills training, and the application of tactics. The three T?s are
the passport of today?s fencer ? Technique, Tactics and Timing.
It is the unique combination of these three elements at any one
moment that decides the success or failure of the fencer.
In this volume I have endeavoured to set out a practical guide
that works progressively through the technical material of the
sport, integrating offence and defence, basic and more advanced
techniques, established practices and more innovative modern
concepts. The work then brings this material together with a
tactical summary that demonstrates how the concepts of offence,
defence and counter-offence are interrelated.
I have deliberately omitted ancillary subjects such as fitness
training, diet, administration and the rules, and focused
exclusively on that one area that draws all of us to the sport of
fencing ? the use of the blade. It is my hope that anyone learning
to fence can open this book at any page and find useful practical
guidance on the use of the foil.
Having taught at schools, colleges and clubs in London for many
years, I have met, trained and developed countless fencers.
Regardless of their varied personalities, abilities and aspirations,
they all had one common need: a source of reference that was
both clear and comprehensive. This book is intended to satisfy
that need and to enable any fencer, whether student, leisure
fencer, competitor, junior coach or teacher, to see where any
one stroke or tactic fits into the greater game, and to enhance
their participation in this unique sport.
Modern fencing, and in particular foil fencing, is far removed
from the logic and practice of ancient swordplay. Today the fencer
is safely clothed and protected, and often takes risks that his or
her forebears would never have contemplated. Moreover these
risks are not discouraged by the conventions of foil fencing (see
These conventions originate from the need to judge fencing as a
sport rather than as true combat. In true combat a participant
would avoid all risk of injury and endeavour to hit without being
hit ? a principle that is still valid today. However, in the modern
sport the conclusion of a fencing phrase often sees both fencers
receiving hits and then a judgement made as to which one, if
any, scores. Basically the principle is that priority is given to the
fencer who, at any one moment, has taken the initiative.
The result of these conventions is that a fencer, in some situations
and contrary to natural instinct, learns to ignore the possibility
of receiving a hit! So, not only is it necessary to master the
technical material of the sport, but also to acquire and build new
habits and responses. For this reason the novice recreational
fencer should be prepared to spend some considerable time
drilling a variety of sequences and appropriate reactions before
participating in training bouts.
Once participating in lessons and bouts these conventions, from
which the rules of fencing derive, become more apparent. As to
the rules themselves, they are those of the Fédération
Internationale d?Escrime (F.I.E.) and are subject to continual