Epee Lesson July 19, 2009

by Kevin | July 19th, 2009

This lesson was given to an advanced epee student the week after he returned from nationals. His arm was slightly tweaked from fencing earlier in the week, so we avoided stop thrusts and other high impact attacks. Instead we focused on the feint patterns. We also worked on the fleche from the lunge, spending almost a third of the lesson working on this action. We noted that Nat Burke (one of our resident Bs, and former A), used this action as a crutch when he first returned to fencing. He uses it more sparingly now, but it is quite effective. Generating power from a lunge position is very difficult, and getting the requisite explosiveness is a problem. Further, we noted that the action is easier if 1) the lunge is not stopped but just continued (making this a primary intent action only), or if 2) the initial lunge is a demi-lunge to threaten (but not hit) the advanced target.

  1. From Instructor’s invitation in third, straight thrust to body
  2. From Instructor’s invitation in third, straight thrust to crook of the arm
  3. From Instructor’s invitation in third, straight thrust to wrist
  4. From Instructor’s blade in line, angulation to the bottom of the arm
  5. As Instructor attempts to engage in 4th disengagement to the outside arm.
  6. As Instructor attempts blade siezure in 6th disengagement to the inside arm.
  7. As Instructor attempts to engage in 6th feint by disengagement and disengagment
  8. As Instructor attempts to engage in 6th double feint by disengagement and disengagement
  9. As Instructor attempts to engage in 6th feint by disengagement and deceive
  10. As Instructor attempts to engage in 6th feint by disengagement and double deceive
  11. As Instructor attempts to engage in 6th double feint by disengagement and deceive
  12. As Instructor attempts to engage in 6th feint by disengagement, deceive and disengagement
  13. As Instructor attempts to engage in 6th double feint by disengagement, deceive and disengagement
  14. As Instructor attempts to engage in 6th feint by disengagement, deceive, disengagement and deceive
  15. As Instructor attempts to engage in 6th double feint by disengagement, disengagement and deceive
    *break*
  16. Hand target drill
  17. As instructor attempts to engage in 6th fleche
  18. As instructor changes from the invitation in 6th to the invitation in 8th, fleche
  19. From instructor’s invitation in 3rd, lunge to hand, fleche (from lunge) to body.
  20. Three straight thrusts, end of lesson.

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I am a fencing coach at Davis Fencing Academy, the Epee coach for the UC Davis Fencing Club, and an historical fencer. I hold a Provost at Arms certificate from the San Jose State Fencing Masters Program.

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