Quick One: Hitting from the hip

All of us practice bladework from on-guard. But at least half my hits are from the hip. Pretty much all my finishes from the march are from the hip to avoid counterattacks. Guys like Gu Bon Gil and Alexey Yakimenko hit from the hip even off the start lines.

GBG hitting from the hip

So why don’t we practice hitting from the hip more, or at all?

Quick one: Parry this!

Here’s a dirty little secret in sabre: no one hits straight.

Everyone angulates.

Dyachenko-angulated-hit
I have complex feelings when I look at this picture.

It’s like one of those mystic “wax on, wax off” journeys in sabre training, the one where¬†your coach spends years getting you to hold your sabre properly, make light fast touches, and relax.

Then one day, this happens:

Check out that wrist mobility.