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.
Back in 2013 when we were just starting out, an acquaintance of ours in Korea sent us a (now sadly defunct) video link of a national tournament, in which some enormous fencer in unmarked gear was mauling the bejeesus out of Kim Junghwan. “Who the heck is that?” we asked. “He is high school student! … More Flash
Forget dangling shiny things in front of the camera.
Get people to play the game. … More Mass Market: How To Make Sabre Broadcasting Huge
Question from one of my students after the Moscow Grand Prix the other day: “Hey, do you know what was up with the camera angles in Moscow? You couldn’t see what was going on at all.” Between that and the incessant cutting around, it made following the game a lot harder than it needed to … More Focus – Specialisation and Sabre Broadcasting
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