Art of Fencing, Art of Life

Month: April 2014

Congratulations to Anya and Taly

Anya Harkness takes Silver at Bay Cup's Senior Women's Foil tournament

Anya Harkness takes Silver at Bay Cup’s Senior Women’s Foil tournament

Congratulations to Anya Harkness for taking Silver at the Bay Cup Senior Women’s Foil yesterday! Anya went undefeated until the very last final bout and showed a great fencing in each and every one of them! Way to go Anya!

Also, congratulations to Taly Yukelson for placing 8th at ROC at the Rockies in Denver in Division 1A competition among the very tough field of 35 contenders. Well done Taly!

New innovative epee defense technique comes to life

New fencing shoes enable new defensive technique

New fencing shoes enable new defensive technique

As fencers know, epee fencing is different from foil and sabre fencing because the whole body is target – if you are hit, it is a point in your opponent’s favor.   Every touch counts toward the final score.  Therefore, it is important for the fencer to be able to react quickly and maintain a strong defense.  Since it is difficult to defend the forward foot, fencers may strike an unexpected hit there.

Epee fencers have been forced to use their usual defensive repertoire (parry, counter-attack), against these painful toe touches — which doesn’t really provide an adequate defense.  There is no specific protection against the foot touch.

Until now.

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