Display some adaptability: Gu (KOR) v Szilagyi (HUN)

Apologies to the haters, but we’re going to continue the Gu theme for one more day. Because this:

Oh my god, this. So good I built in a slow mo to a CyrusofChaos video. I never noticed it before because sadly the camera angle is not ideal, but wow.

Anyway, we know from various sources that Gu is training a ton of counterparries, and has been using them rather nicely recently, particularly in the 4m. The absolute best is his magnificent hit against Yakimenko in the Kazan semifinals, which I’ve posted previously. The thing with the 4m examples is that they’re clearly set up in advance, but I really can’t decide if the same is true of today’s hit.

So what do you think? Is it reflexes and adaptability, or is it a trap?

*EDIT: As very politely pointed out by Andrew Fischl, I done goofed. Not nearly as badly as Szilagyi, who actually went straight over Gu’s head, making the last edition more of an epic sabre fail than an epic sabre hit. Anyway, here’s a real counterparry from Gu.

Full video of the Gu v Szilagyi bout has been posted before, but in case you missed it, here it is again:

For the non-haters (and honestly, that should be everyone, because this guy is a truly extraordinary fencer), I posted a video yesterday which is worth checking out if you haven’t done so already.


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5 thoughts on “Display some adaptability: Gu (KOR) v Szilagyi (HUN)”

  1. Gu haters? No way! He is amazing to watch.

    He is unique; but I guess that inspires my question for you: looking at his game — which parts would you teach?

    1. We’re working very hard on reverse-engineering that lunge. We’ve already got some of the 4m bladework working ok.

      But there’s a ton of haters out there, who say his fencing is an hideous abomination and/or he’s incredibly boring. I don’t get it either.

  2. I am a fan, for sure.

    That said, at some point I would also love to see you look at people whose games are totally different from Gu and Kim — like Casares or Anstett. Or the Germans!

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