Why does Sydney Sabre exist? Like any good sinister corporation, we have a mission. Ours is a little more specific than most: We will make sabre fencing a mainstream sport. But why? Why sabre? You can get into a lot of hand-waving aesthetic arguments here about the beauty and elegance and history of fencing … More Courage and Collaboration: Why sabre makes you a better person.
Let’s start with a statement that’s both dangerous and self-evident: At professional level, sabre is not refereed according to the rule book. It hasn’t been for decades. So what’s going on? It’s worth noting that this essay is not about the first and last sections of the rule book, the procedural stuff. These parts cover an extensive … More The Common Law: How sabre refereeing really works, and how to make it better
Sabre refereeing is tough. Things happen very fast and decisions need to be made based on very subtle differences in complex movements. You’re also dealing with a pair of (often) fired-up people with weapons. It can be scary at the best of times, but we reckon learning to deal with that is a powerful skill. … More An Armed Society Is A Polite Society
The latest from our YouTube series: 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.
It hasn’t come up before, but some years ago I was a fairly serious amateur cellist. When you’re a cellist, and you hear that Pieter Wispelway is playing the complete Bach Cello Suites in your home town, you go. The six suites are the cornerstone repertoire for the instrument, and playing the whole thing in one … More The Pursuit of Imperfection