Fencing Tips : Fencing Footwork Exercises

Fencing Tips : Fencing Footwork Exercises

my name's Stewart Philip Kaufman I'm the fencing master and founder of the Marin fencing Academy in San Rafael Marin County California I'm going to tell you a little bit about fencing footwork practice at our club we prefer that when you're practicing footwork you don't wear the equipment we want you to be unencumbered we don't want you to have any extra weight we really want you to just get used to taking the position make sure that you're doing only concentrating on the footwork and not concentrating on anything holding swords masks whatever you do need sneakers pair of sweat pants for flexibility a preferable to jeans or at least loose-fitting pants but again we prefer it without any equipment with any of the positions for fencing repetition is the key one of the other important things to remember is symmetry symmetry means that everything looks like it's in its proper place it all looks like it belongs if we have a saying that says if it looks symmetrical it's probably right when you're practicing your footwork keep that in mind so you want to start your on guard position by squaring your heels stepping your front foot out about shoulder length keeping a straight line in between the heels with each toe facing straight out over each knee or each knee over each toe you want to bend straight down so you're not leaning forward or back so practicing your honor guard position is simple you can just step out from the front or you can step outside lay shoulder length turn your front foot turn your head and the forward arm bend your knees and turn your head and you'll see that your body's gonna be facing one way and the forward leg arm and sword are going to be and head are gonna be facing your opponent it's called silhouetting showing the least bit of your body which is target area to your opponent when you practice you're on guard your advance and retreat you want to member that as you move forward you're lifting your heel and sliding advancing the lifting your toe in advancing the heel and as your so comes down your back foot like it's hydraulic is gonna lift and drop so when you do the advance it's gonna look like this when you do the retreat it's the same thing in Reverse so advance lift and drop when you retreat lift drop heel and toe follow when you practice the lunge same thing you're gonna lift your toe kick the heel out when you recover your lunge you're gonna push with the front leg and then snap with the back leg so as this leg comes up this leg pulls back always forcing your weight down which keeps your center of gravity as close to the ground as possible

22 Replies to “Fencing Tips : Fencing Footwork Exercises”

  1. If I walked into a fencing salle to take lessons, and I saw this slovenly guy, I would turn and walk out. A fencing master wearing a jacket full of rotting duck tape and wearing sagging jeans?? The other commenter is right – he looks like a slob. No thanks.

  2. He means how footwork is very important in fencing, as it is also important in boxing. The distance between you and your opponent, and what you do to maintain that distance.

  3. the angle of this camera makes the en guard he does look wrong. It should form an "L" shape with the back foot pointing left or right depending on your "handed-ness," in this video it appears to be more of a "V" shape, or a Charlie Chaplin waddle.

  4. well more like traditional john l sullivan style bareknucke(use fighint irish as reference) but yea it is derived from. but modern boxing is greatly changed due to the different striking profile and oblique attacks due to the change in rules in the early 1900 and late 1800 forcing boxers to wear gloves and refs to discourage grappling and throws and elbows. but in summary yea all the other stuff was to illustrate that its distantly related not directly.

  5. I hoped for a bit more than just a stock advance and retreat in this video. No discussions of use of tempo, hard and soft steps, half steps etc or anything beyond the barest beginner concepts.

    Show us how a maestro can put it all together. You know you want to.

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