Five speeds from the guard line in epee

At what speed shall the fencer move from the guard line immediately after Allez? I have seen that question dealt with regard to sabre, but not so far in an epee context. That sabre writers bring it up is natural, since the the fast pace of that weapon makes it...

One minute of tactical perfection

Last saturday, I coached two of my students at one of the competitions that make up the regional series, both fencing epee. One of them – the one whom this post deals with – fenced his second competition ever in the U13 ages category, the other fenced his...

Fencing is not chess

You have probably heard the aphorism: “Fencing is like playing chess and running 400 meters at the same time!” There are slight variations of this aphorism, and sometimes some other physically strenuous exercise is substituted for the running. It is a good...