Strategic plan – how not to do it

Recently, I saw an epee match between two quite different fencers, who nonetheless were reasonably equally matched. The fencer on the left was quite short for being an epee fencer. To make up for that, he was very explosive, and he was quite good at scoring toe hits....

Lack of lateral fencing

Every so often, I see epee bouts in which both fencers hug one of the side lines, sometimes with all four feet on that side line. In most cases, that is due to the fact that one fencer anticipates that the other is quite good at fleché attacks, and he wants to prevent...

Don´t mess with something that works

Back from the hospital! Still on sick leave, but at least I can blog from home. Some time ago, I looked at a training bout between two 8-year old rookies during club training. In the beginning, more or less the same thing happened: the fencer on the left attacked, and...

Patience is a virtue

I saw two quite instructive epee matches at the Swedish youth championships this last weekend. Match 1: First DE round, score is 5-12 (or something like that) with less than a minute left until the first period break. Then, the fencer with the big lead starts to do...