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...

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...

Dicta Boelcke applied to fencing – rule #1

In a series of blog posts, I will be going though the 8 rules in the Dicta Boelcke, and outline what can be applied to epee fencing. At first I thought that I should do all of this in one blog post, but on second thought that would be enormously unwieldy. Therefore, I...