The latest from our YouTube series:
My god, the footwork. It’s worth comparing this to our earlier piece, and watching how Kharlan primarily fights on the front of the foot. It’s crisp and agile, and not at all textbook, which would seem to be a pretty clear indication that the textbook is wrong.
The last sabreur who revolutionised an era is its last world #1.
We’re sad to see the end of all this, but man, what a way to go out.
Also, we can’t wait to see what he does with the new timing and the Russian Box of Death. We have a sneaking suspicion they’ll quite suit him. Hold on to your hats.
Continuing our series of videos on the German men’s sabre team:
Max is the poster boy for what we’re calling the “playful brute-force approach” to sabre. It’s just as much fun as it sounds.
If you’re in the vicinity of Sydney over January and would like to learn more, Mr Hartung will be hosting a workshop series at Sydney Sabre.
We’ve made a new video:
Starring the 2016 European Champion, Mr Benedikt “Peter” Wagner, showing what he does best. It’s a 3 minute masterclass in double-advance prep, heavily angulated chest cuts and the filthiest stop cuts known to man.
To celebrate the start of the 2015 season, here’s a piece of complete self-indulgence on my part. It’s like Alien v Predator, only good.
More of this kind of thing, please.
We’ve made a new compilation video!
Tibi’s not our usual favourite style, but gosh his fencing is nice. So very clean and pretty.
Watch and learn.
Yeah, he’s earned one for the season.
Taking votes for who’s next – leave a comment or drop us a note on Facebook.
There was way too much amazing stuff from Kamil Ibragimov last weekend to stick to GIFs. He’s been on the list of fencers needing a compilation video for a while, but his performance in Padova pushed him over the line.
Ladies and gentlemen, please enjoy.
Just realised I hadn’t posted this here. Might as well:
This was made on request for a corporate group coming to do a 3 hour fencing session with us, just to give them a clearer idea of what the hell they were getting themselves in for. It’s pretty much what we teach people to get them fencing sabre in an hour, only sexed up a bit.
We’ve broken it into sections to explain the basic rules and dynamics of the game.
- The basic aim is simple: Hit your opponent anywhere above the waist with your sword. When you hit, your light goes on, and you get a point
- Once the ref says go, each fight lasts until someone scores. An entire match is usually first to 15 points (individual) or a relay to 45 points (team).
- If only one person hits, that person scores. No questions asked.
- If you chase your opponent off the end of strip, you win the point.
- If both people hit, the referee decides who scores. They’re looking for who controls the initiative. The first way to win the initiative is to attack faster than your opponent.
- If your opponent has launched an attack, you can win back control by making them miss. This is called a fall-short.Then you can hit them with an attack of your own.
- If you can’t make your opponent fall short, you can block their attack. This is called a parry. Then you can hit back. This is called a riposte.
- You can also win or maintain control by knocking your opponent’s blade out of the way. This is called a beat. It’s like a parry, but you don’t have to wait for them to attack first.*
It’s freaking fast and there’s a lot of tactics going on, but that right there is the core of it.
*Someone on internets raised the issue of Point In Line. To this I say: pfffft.
Time for another compilation!
The first time I saw Daryl Homer fence, I though the video software was buggy. The guy can move like bad stop-motion animation. He’s one of the smallest guys on the circuit, but what he lacks in reach he makes up for in sheer acceleration.
That’s power, right there.