Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Les Stawicki on Sabre

Les Stawicki's students earned medals at the Moscow and Melbourne Olympics, and he currently serves as the US paralympic coach. His perspectives include:

... sabre is not a game of feints or second intention - it is simply steps and then an explosion.

... the attack should be made when the opponent is not ready - if the opponent retreats the fencer must close and finish the action.

... the riposte is always a cut to the head - if the opponent changes, the fencer must change with them.

... cuts must be delivered not to the open line but to the line that is opening exploiting the inertia of the opponent's movement.

... compound actions require time to work.

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