Keeping it classy today: a really nice attack from Benedickt Wagner in the face of lovely defense from Gu. Just a pretty exchange all round.
This whole match, from the round of 32 at the 2014 World Champs in Kazan, was great television. I’m going to start posting the Kazan videos, which we’ve edited out from the big feeds so they’re actually searchable and watchable.
The full match is available here:
It’s always fascinating to see consider how tense A-grade sabreurs are during matches, despite the immense physical skill and years of combat experience. It’s usually pretty obvious to an experienced observer from the increased size and reduced complexity of their actions, compared with the jaw-dropping speed, precision and sheer neatness they display during training. Then again, sometimes you get exchanges where my mum would watch a few seconds and say “Wow, they need to relax.”
In today’s epic hit, Luigi Samele faces off against Aron Szilagyi in a close semifinal at the 2013 Chicago World Cup. The initial exchange has got everything: perfectly coordinated fall-shorts, lighting counterparries, powerful attacks – then this.
It’s so long I’ve had to reduce the GIF size, so click on the image for the original full-size HTML5 version.
So I said no more Korean fencers until I got my hands on the final of Asian Games. Then I got my hands on the final of Asian Games. And boy oh boy, it’s a bar fight. There’s a lovely counterattack from Gu, but it seems Kim’s not in the mood to appreciate it. This is not a nice hit.
Anyway, I love big comps. They have all the slow mo.
Apparently they didn’t get to world #1 and world #2 by being pretty sabreurs.
Marching attacks have become more powerful this year, as updates to the FIE rule interpretations have given more flexibility to the attacker. We ran a workshop recently on how to take them down.
To illustrate, we made a video, using a compilation of successful defensive actions from the 2014 Coupe Acropolis in Athens. Starring Nikolai Kovalev (RUS), Daryl Homer (USA), Aron Szilagyi (HUN), Won Wooyoung (KOR), Veniamin Reshetnikov (RUS), Oh Eunseok (KOR) and Maximilian Kindler (GER).
Hope it’s useful!
Today’s hit is also from the 2014 Coupe Acropolis: this time an incredibly ballsy attack-on-prep by Daryl Homer. It’s a combination of superlative timing and nerves of steel.
There’s a reason we have this on a poster at the club:
OK, so they were always going to lose horribly. But the Australian men’s sabre team at the 2014 Coupe Acropolis in Athens weren’t going to go down without a fight.
Happy Sunday, everyone!
Just to keep the flamewars lively, I’m going to throw in an epic hit every so often where all of the awesome fencing leads to a totally ambiguous outcome. This lovely exchange is from the round of 16 at the 2014 World Championships between Nicolas Limbach and Aron Szilagyi, and suffice to say it goes to video.
Work it out amongst yourselves.
HTML5 version with slow-mo option is here.
So I was looking for counterparries for a little side-project I’ve got going on, and I stumble onto the bout between Kenta Tokunan and Veniamin Reshetnikov in the L16 team match between Japan and Russia at the 2014 World Champs. And damn, if almost every hit in that bout isn’t worth its own post. There’s an incredible 6-hit sequence which kicks off with this little beauty:
I’ll link the original HTML5 with speed controls, because you need it.
I think I have a new fencer to watch.
OK, I know I said no more Koreans, but this is Occhiuzzi’s hit. I also know he was putting on a spectacular display of poor sportsmanship through the entire bout, but this hit almost redeems it. Extra points come from the fact that Kim tried (and got away with) the exact same move at 14/14 against Montano in the previous round, but this time around he clearly neglected to correct for the age-and-guile factor. That counterparry: oh man.
Let me sing you the song of my people.
Keeping it clean and simple with today’s epic sabre hit. Montano v Anstett, Kazan 2014. There ain’t nothing quite as satisfying as a good solid parry-riposte. You know who won that sword fight.