SECTION TABLE OF CONTENTS
- The Three Weapons of Fencing and How They're Played.
- Questions I'm often asked about fencing
- The Mental Game of Fencing
- Rich's Rules of Thumb (ROTs) for épée fencing.
- Diagnostics: A Checklist for Assessing Opponents.
- Flick Defense in Foil
- Pacing and Energy Management in Fencing
- Problem Assessment— What's causing you to lose touches?
- Quadrants of Control, Parries, and "Hand Flips"
- Stealth— Stealth moves and what makes them stealthy.
- Attacking an Opponent's Strengths Should you? And how can you do this?
- Fencing Glossary of Terms
- Fencing Cartoons
- My fencing background.
USEFUL BOOKS ON FENCING:
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- Anderson, Bob. All About Fencing. New York: Arco Publishing Co. 1970. ISBN: 0-668-02428-3. [a small book covering the basics of foil fencing; it has some nifty “motion pictures” of fencing moves effected by fluttering the corners of the book’s pages.]
- Barbasetti, Luigi. The Art of the Foil . New York: Barnes & Noble Books. 1998. ISBN: 0-7607-0943-2. [a book originally translated into English in 1932 which covers the basic fundamentals of foil fencing and has an extensive discussion of moves including binds, change-beats and other moves not normally covered in other books. Also includes a short history of fencing.Recommended.]
- de Beaumont, C.L. Your Book of Fencing . London: Faber and Faber. 1970. ISBN: 0-571-08809-0. [a small book which covers the basic fundamentals of foil fencing and has a scanty discussion of sabre and épée.]
- Deladrier, Clovis. Modern Fencing. Annapolis: United States Naval Institute. 1967. ISBN: 0-668-02452-6. [a decent book with lots of lessons and exercises for all three weapons; some good pictures too]
- Evangelista, Nick. The Art and Science of Fencing. Chicago Masters Press. 1996. ISBN: 1-57028-075-4 [one of my favorite books; explanations are very clear; good diagrams and photos–highly recommended]
- Evangelista, Nick. The Inner Game of Fencing: Excellence in Form, Technique, Strategy, and Spirit. Chicago: Masters Press. 2000. ISBN: 1-57028-230-7 [the first book of its kind, focusing strictly on the head game in fencing. A very easy read–highly recommended]
- Garret, Maxwell R.; Kaidanov, Emmanuil G.; Pezza, Gil A. Foil, Saber,and épée Fencing: Skills, Safety, Operations, and Responsibilities, Revised and Updated Edition. University Park: Penn State Press. 1994. ISBN: 0-271-01019-3 [one of my favorite books; more for coaches, but intermediate to advanced fencers will find it valuable too]
- Gaugler, William M. A Dictionary of Universally Used Fencing Terminology: With Approval of the Joint Board of Accreditation of the United States Fencing Association Coaches .Laureate Press. 1997. ISBN: 1-884-52800-7
- Gaugler, William M. The Science of Fencing: A Comprehensive Training Manual for Master and Student; Including Lesson Plans for Foil, Sabre and épée Instruction .Laureate Press. 1997. ISBN: 1-884-52805-8.
- Nadi, Aldo. On Fencing. Laureate Press. 1994. ISBN: 1-884-52804-X [Secrets of one of the world’s greatest fencers of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. A classic; but it’s a difficult read.]
- Pitman, Brian. Fencing: Techniques of Foil, épée and Sabre. Trafalgar Square. 1989. ISBN: 1-852-23152-1
- Simmonds, A.T.;Morton, E.D. Fencing to Win . Sportsman's Press. 1994. ISBN: 0-948-25369-X
- Simonian, Charles. Basic Foil Fencing, 4th Edition .Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company. 1995. ISBN: 0-787-20260-6
- Skipp, Allan. Fencing (Know the Sport). Stackpole Books. 1997. ISBN: 081172834X
- Vass, Imre. Epée Fencing: a complete system. SKA Swordplay Books. 1998. ISBN: 0-9659468-3-5 [The only book I’ve encountered on epée per se. This is a translation of a 1976 Hungarian book. A very interesting book with diagrams which are very helpful. Recommended for epéeists and their coaches.]
- Werner, Doug. Fencer's Start-Up: A Beginner's Guide to Traditional & Sport Fencing (Start- Up Sports, No 8) .Tracks Publications. 1997. ISBN: 1-884-65408-8 [written from the beginner’s point of view; an easy to understand book]
- Westbrook, Peter; Hazarika, Tej. Harnessing Anger: The Way of an American Fencer . 1997.Seven Stories Press. ISBN: 1-888-36339-8 [Autobiography of one of USA’s best sabre fencers. Easy to read.]
USEFUL WWW LINKS:
|Australian Fencing Federation||[the Australian national fencing organization]|
|Canadian Fencing Federation||The Canadian. national fencing organization|
|Federation Internationale d'Escrime||
||The international governing body of fencing; this site is in French]|
|Two Ravens Fencing School||Located near Ohio City, in Cleveland, Two Ravens is an excellent place to go to spar and to learn all three weapons. Very strong in épée.|
|Hooked on Fencing||An épée only club. It's dedicated primarily to introducing fencing to as many young people as possible by starting them out in épée. They also offer some adult classes.|
|ON TARGET Fencing||
The club I coach for; if you visit Greater Cleveland, stop in.>
We offer instruction in all three weapons. We start all beginners out in foil, and classes are offered in many locations throughout the Greater Cleveland area. épée and Sabre are only offered at our North Ridgeville facility.
Particularly a good place to go if you want to work on your head game, strategy, tactics, and the finer points of épée.
|United States Fencing Association||The U.S. national fencing organization|
|United States Fencing Coaches Association||The U.S. national fencing coaches´ organization|
Other Fencing Clubs in Ohio
Vendors of Fencing Equipment and Books