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.
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.
FC: Kevin, is this incontrovertible proof that the Korean sabre program has developed an anti-gravity device?
KM: Maybe not anti-grav, but certainly a method of getting pretty epic energy return.
What blows my mind the most about this is how the gait-like behaviour in the leading foot (the natural dorsi/plantar flexion cycle) is feeding entirely off the energy transfer of the the back leg. Not even tapping the floor with that right foot means that his abdominal wall and spinal column are absorbing enough functional reaction force to momentarily replace the acceleration of freaking gravity as the source of forward momentum.
The internal relationships are so clean, in fact, that on landing he even manages to load all his initial impact in that dominant glute, which is hard enough to do well when you run, much less when you’re fencing and can’t cross your feet.
So not so much magnets a series of coiling springs. Which, after all, is what the musculoskeletal system is.
Either that or the rumours are true, and we’ve just proved that Mr Gu is a space alien.