So, the FIE COMEX wants to change the rules of sabre again. 20-odd years ago, the rules of sabre were changed to ban all attacks where the back foot crosses in front of the front foot. Essentially, they banned running. They also banned the kind of flashy cross-step attack known as the flèche. Now they … More Broken Arrow: The Return of Flèche
1389 AD, Germany: everything is done in the nearest and shortest, simplest and most direct way, as if the cut or thrust of the fencer is guided by a wire pulling on the point or edge of the sword, straight to the openings of the opponent. In this way, the fencer makes their attack in … More Keep it simple.
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No matter how good you get at sabre, you will always lose more than you win. Something about it hurts. It hits you right in the lizard brain. You just lost a sword fight. You’re dead. If you lost at a big tournament that you’ve travelled across the world to be at, well, that hurts … More Valhalla: On losing in sabre
Sabre is professionalising. The standard at the big A-grade tournaments – the World Cups and Grand Prix – is spiralling rapidly upwards. Full-time funded professionals are cut from poules. World champions don’t survive to the T64. It’s getting increasingly scary out there. And you should go. I’m assuming for the purposes of this essay that … More Why you should go to World Cups