Category Archives: Epic Sabre Hit

Mild trolling: Kim (KOR) v Szilagyi (HUN)

Kim v Szilagyi: If that billing doesn’t get your attention, you’re not doing sabre fandom right. The last match of the Moscow quarterfinals was the kind of lineup that forces foolish Australians like myself to stay up to 4am to watch the live stream.

Szilagyi had apparently recovered his equilibrium after his epic thrashing by Kim in New York and controlled this one pretty nicely, with a lot of elegant compound attacks. But regular readers should be aware that nice pretty Hungarian sabre is not really the sort of thing I watch for fun, so, because it’s my birthday, we’re instead going to see Junghwan Kim doing crazy things:

I get that the point of that maneuver is to draw counterattack, but in this case what it drew was more stunned incredulity. Hey, whatever works.

On an unrelated note, this is still my favourite parry:

After that, though, the ref decided he really didn’t like Kim’s attacks, and things went rapidly downhill for Team Korea. Then came the 8 point break, and with it, one of the greatest moments in sabre coaching I’ve ever seen:

Did… Did he just go up to Junghwan Kim in the 1-minute break at a Grand Prix quarterfinal, and pat him on the head like a puppy? Is this going to help? Or is it like the kiss of death in the mafia?

Shockingly enough, it didn’t help, as you can see in the full match below. Nice pretty Hungarian fencing etc etc.

Probably lucky it turned out like it did, or I would have been up until 5:30am for the final.

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The Drop: Homer (USA) v Hwang (KOR)

Something simple and lovely for your Friday. Daryl Homer really is the master of showboat moves.

Allllmost as good as the best duck parry of all time, from the 2014 Coupe Acropolis teams. Not that we’re biased at all.

Full match is here:

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The Pain Train: Decsi (HUN) v Ibragimov (RUS)

We’re back! This time I’d like to just spend a few quiet minutes appreciating the force of nature that is Tamas Decsi’s long attack. Based on post-match interviews with people who’ve fenced him, I understand that in terms of sheer lethal inevitability, it’s somewhere between a pouncing Siberian tiger and an oncoming avalanche.

What a way to close a bout.

Let’s look at some more in slow motion, just because we can:

Ibragimov was not happy.

No escape.

Goodness me, what is he doing with his feet here. He’s a good Hungarian boy, he can’t possibly be crossing.

Not that it matters: That attack is as terrifying as the irreversible passage of time.

The full match is here. Bout of the tournament.

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Sudden Death: Montano (ITA) v Wagner (GER)

The Moscow Grand Prix was on the weekend, and boy, was it something.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many extraordinarily tight 14-14 matches in one tournament before. We’ll be taking a look at some of the best bits over the next week, but I only have time today for one hit. This little beauty was the first one of the night to leave my jaw on the floor:

The most exciting thing to come out of this whole event is that OMG, the FIE have actually done their job and posted every single match, edited and searchable, on the FIE Video YouTube channel, which means I don’t have to spend 12 hours doing it for them. Hooray!

More of this, please!

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Nicolas Limbach: Epic Sabre Compilation

Yeah, he’s earned one for the season.

Taking votes for who’s next – leave a comment or drop us a note on Facebook.

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Ground to air: Kovalev (RUS) v Homer (USA)

I love Daryl Homer’s flunge, as mentioned previously. It’s a magnificent thing. However, there is a certain dark part of my psyche which quite enjoys watching bad things happen to it, and Nikolay Kovalev was happy to oblige me.

Oh dear.

Homer prevailed though, in a thriller of a match on his way to claim his first individual world cup medal at the Seoul Grand Prix. Full video is here:

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Do not pass go: Limbach (GER) v Homer (USA)

We return to our regular segment: Nicolas Limbach Parries Things.

It’s fair to say that Daryl Homer is known for his flunge off the line. It’s a shock-and-awe move. It blindsides the best on the circuit.
Limbach wasn’t having a bar of it. We usually feature flashy, crazy, nutball 1% moves, but this right here is pretty much the opposite extreme. This is the benchmark in how to take quarte parry right:

Oh, I’m sorry, were you using that sword?

The rest of the match is pretty killer as well. Go watch it.

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John

I’m going to stop you right there: Montano (ITA) v Limbach (GER) and Szatmari (HUN)

Skyhooks, draw cuts, whatever you want to call the: after falling off the radar for a couple of seasons, they’re now as trendy in sabre as beards.

Aldo Montano can usually be relied on for a little flair, and he wasn’t letting anyone down in Seoul. We’ve previous looked in some detail at his bout with Limbach in the 16, but the drama in that bout wasn’t all about refereeing. There was also some epic sabre to be had:

I know it’s hardly an original observation,  but jeez that guy moves nicely.

He’d done a test deployment in the previous round, where it made Andras Szatmari very sad:

The match was classy as hell, right up to the part where Montano punches Szatmari in the face:

Slick moves.

Things kind of escalated after that. It’s all up on CyrusofChaos, and is worth a look. There’s plenty of drama here as well, although not quite as good as the next round against Limbach. Szatmari is well and truly fired up, which to be fair often happens after you get punched in the face.

This work is made possible by the research work done by the staff and students at the Sydney Sabre Centre, so if you like this I would really appreciate you leaving a review on Facebook and Google – 5 stars would be great but even better if you tell us why!
 
We read every single review and are always looking to improve how we do things because ultimately Sydney Sabre is all about  sharing this great sport and making it accessible to everyone. I know that this sport is a big part of who I am today, and wish this place was around when I was growing up.
 
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John

Just like the old days: Oh (KOR) v Berrè (ITA)

Well, I lasted a whole two days without posting any Koreans. Then I watched Oh Eunseok v Enrico Berrè at Madrid.

I’m just going to leave this here. Pure, absurd, quintessential Oh. Berrè pulls some pretty crazy moves here as well. It’s just a fabulous hit.

It fills me with delight to see Oh back on his game again. I speculated last year that the return of his old coach could lead to a late-career revival: I didn’t seriously think that it would happen. But here we are.

Full match is up on CyrusofChaos:

 

There’s been enough good stuff from Oh recently for me to finally complete my video cycle on the Korean Big 4.

Don’t turn up the bass or your house will fall down.

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John

More of this kind of thing: Limbach (GER) v Rousset (FRA)

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Ok, let’s just get this out of the way first. Are we done? We’re done.

 

I’m going to start this post with a confession.

Officially, we’ve been absent for ages because we’ve been crazy busy with club stuff and migrating the blog to a new host. But that’s not the real reason I didn’t post anything from the Seoul Grand Prix.

When Junghwan Kim, the last Korean standing by the round of 8, got his second red card for crossing feet and was then knocked out of the tournament on a dirty counterattack from Rousset, I may have thrown something at the television and stormed off like the partisan fangirl I am. I saw the final was Rousset v Limbach and made numerous rude remarks about how I’d rather watch paint dry.

Turns out I’m an idiot, and the final was fantastic. And not just because of the exuberant French and German cheer squads in the stands, displaying the kind of spectator engagement fencing could generally do with more of.

It was a bravura display of ballsy and flamboyant defense from Limbach, who was showing a flair I’d never previously associated with him. He’s still not exactly the most graceful fencer I’ve ever seen, but the combination of precision footwork, hilarious range and exuberant creativity is spectacular.

In that vein, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you our first installment in the new Epic Sabre series:

Epic Sabre Seoul Edition: Nicolas Limbach Parries Things

 

To quote Andrew Fischl: “Yeah, let’s start like that.”

Lovely bit of countertime. Won Wooyoung would approve.

“Was that a prime? That was totally a prime.” Yes, yes it was. Off a feint seconde.  Anyway, we know who won that sword fight.

Neat. Effective.

Who does prime twice in one match? Limbach, that’s who. Very nearly very awesome, but unfortunately off the strip.

Anyway, then he got sick of prime and decided to go even further down the list of 1% moves.

That, kids, is a classy way to win a grand prix. I suspect point-in-line is easier when you have the kind of wingspan typically associated with exotic Soviet-era cargo aircraft, but still.

Here’s the full match, also featuring a truly vicious counterattack from Rousset, an enthusiastic audience and typically wry commentary from Mr Fischl.

I promise we’ll be back with more in less than 3 months.

Tomorrow in fact.

This work is made possible by the research work done by the staff and students at the Sydney Sabre Centre, so if you like this I would really appreciate you leaving a review on Facebook and Google – 5 stars would be great but even better if you tell us why!
 
We read every single review and are always looking to improve how we do things because ultimately Sydney Sabre is all about  sharing this great sport and making it accessible to everyone. I know that this sport is a big part of who I am today, and wish this place was around when I was growing up.
 
If that isn’t enough motivation for you, here’s another reason: we will give you a stackable 5% discount off on anything we sell (services and stuff) for each review that you leave for us, for one transaction. You can spend it on yourself or use it to subsidise a friend (or a whole bunch of friends, if you want to bring along a horde).
 
Thanks in advance.
 
John