Learn Fencing - Epee

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Panels showing 'tactical tips', are helpful, as are those which describe 'common mistakes'. I am a little skeptical however about occasionally showing photographs of bad examples to beginners, as precise visual examples of good techniques are likely to be more beneficial.

Spaces are left from time to time for 'Coaching Notes'. Coaches wishing to study for recognised coaching qualifications will find these books useful, but it is important to consult a qualified coach educator in the particular coaching scheme you are interested in, to ensure that you are working on the approved curriculum in which you will be examined. The author has covered quite a lot of ground in these three books, which are easy to read, largely traditionally based, neatly presented and the occasional use of cartoons is most enjoyable. These are a welcome addition to my fencing bookshelf.

129 pages, over 160 photographs and diagrams
This book begins with the basics, equipment, safety, the stance and various types of footwork (including the fleche), as well as the grip. The guards and lines are followed by the hit, engagements and the use of angulation. Simple attacks, parries and ripostes, and counter attacks, come next, followed by beat and pressure attacks, and first counter ripostes. Compound attacks lead naturally to successive parries. Point-in-line, prises de fer, d_robements, as well as opposition and ceding parries are grouped together to good effect. Counter time, renewals, flicks, leads to free fighting, offenses and penalties, and general tactics.

A little over nine pages of glossary of terms is available at the end.


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