THINK ABOUT IT
If your children were to spend thousands of hours doing something, you would want to know exactly what that is. You would never allow your children to spend years engaging in something you don’t know enough about. Why would fencing be different? At the bare minimum, a parent who knows just as much as their children is able to understand them better.
Imagine if you could watch your children compete and understand what they are doing? Wouldn’t that make you enjoy the time you share with them more? Wouldn’t that make fencing more enjoyable for both you and your child?
Imagine if a referee made a bad call and you could understand what the right action was to help your child. Nobody wants to be that parent who doesn’t understand fencing and yet still argues with the referee. In the fencing world, people know when a someone knows what he or she is talking about – and when someone knows you don’t know what you’re talking about, you are not taken seriously. That should be the last thing you want to happen to you in something your child cares so much about: fencing.
If you are already investing so much in fencing – your children’s time, your time, money, and other resources – wouldn’t you want to get the most out of it?
THE BOTTOM LINE
The sport of fencing is an absolute beauty – and way more simple to understand than you might think. These videos will help you master the most common misunderstood actions in fencing. Doing so will help you understand and enjoy a lot more what your child spends thousands of hours doing: fencing. What a better way to help than that?
THE MOST COMMONLY MISUNDERSTOOD ACTIONS – EXPLAINED WITH VIDEOS:
Someone’s light went off first:
- Misconception: Ota’s (left) scored and his light went off first. Therefore, it must be his touch
- Explanation: as long as both lights go off, it doesn’t matter which light goes off first. Even though Ota’s (left) light went off first, Meinhardt (right) had right-of-way because he started the attack. Therefore, it’s Meinhardt’s touch
Attack against counterattack (commonly known as attack-counterattack):
- Misconception: it looks like it’s Choi’s (right) attack. Choi’s offensive action looked more aggressive than Ota’s (left). Therefore, it must be his touch
- Explanation: it may look like Choi was attacking. However, if you look closely, you will see that Choi started attacking only after Ota was already moving forward. In other words, Choi was simply counterattacking, which doesn’t give him right-of-way. Making a more aggressive offensive action does not establish right-of-way either. There is an even clearer reason why this isn’t Choi’s attack: spinning, twisting, or twitching in any form immediately makes you lose your right-of-way.
- Misconception: it’s Ota’s (right) parry-riposte because Ota parried and riposted Joppich’s attack
- Explanation: Ota (right) did parry Joppich’s (left) blade. However, Joppich ALSO parried Ota’ blade AND he was attacking. When both fencers parry, the touch is awarded to the fencer who was attacking. This action is called “attack au-fer”
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