The Course follows three principles. The first is that sabre is meant to be fun. The second is that sabre is a combat sport, and both combat and sport can only be learned by doing. The third principle is that sabre is diverse and ever changing. … More The Sydney Sabre Course (with article index)
Another analogy from my Belarusian grandcoach Nikolai: countertime is like reactive armour on a battletank. It negates the first hit from a defender, long enough for the battletank to shoot back. I like this analogy. I think it’s apt, especially because it also describes when countertime fails. … More Q&A: Defeating taller faster counterattackers
Attacking in sabre is about doing things perfectly, and 90% of it is having well-calibrated reflexes. … More Q&A: Drill where the student hits to coach’s head?
For those of you trying to salvage what’s left of a rough season, here’s my usual pre-comp rant, written down. … More For my students going to competitions after an unusual year
Sabre finally came into its own. By the time I write this, in 2020, it is the fastest growing, most glamorous, and probably most popular form of fencing. Most of this was because the lock-out time fixed the march. … More The March
Won Wooyoung didn’t move the way coaches taught people to move. He moved the way he wanted to. Or, more accurately, the way he needed to. … More The Footwork