Category Archives: Epic Sabre Hit

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Break step: Oh SU (KOR) v Occhiuzzi (ITA)

Just a quick one today:  have some lovely tempo breaks from Oh Sanguk, who seems to be channeling a bit of Won Wooyoung here:

And just for fun, have a bonus round:

No, that isn’t Gu Bongil on meth, it’s his new protege Kim Junho, enjoying himself thoroughly.

These guys were having a good time at their first foray on the A-grade circuit, and seem to be blending elements of the Korean Big 4 into a really interesting new style. Let’s see if it can be as successful in its second deployment: We’ve got the next World Cup of 2015 coming up today in Warsaw, so hopefully will have some interesting things to report from there over the weekend. Personally I’d love to see lots of fun, exuberant, crazy sabre, and I’m quite hopeful that we will.

No live stream that we’re aware of, but live results will be going up here.

In the mean time, enjoy the amazing team bronze match between Italy and Korea in Padova:

Superb.