In May 2012, a handful of scruffy nerds from USYD Fencing Club moved into a super bland office space above a carpet shop in Stanmore, stuck some fencing strips to the floor, and started fighting each other. We had no proper coach and didn’t really know what we were doing. We had eight members. Somehow … More Seven years of Sydney Sabre
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.
Learning sabre? Kids learning sabre? Just feel like watching a different sport? Here’s our video guide to how the game (really) works:
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