Some TIPS to watching Fencing
Fencing is physically and mentally demanding, where speed, strength, footwork, finger-work and psychology are
essential to winning. These following hints should be helpful in giving you an eye for the game:
- Do not try to watch both fencers, focus on one fencer only (maybe even, cheer for them).
- The fencer who moves forward first is usually considered to be the attacker; this is usually accompanied with the blade point being directed towards the opponent’s target area.
- The attacker’s blade move may be parried (the blade is moved out of the line of attack) and the defender may then immediately riposte (attempt to hit the attacker).
- A fencer is defending when taking steps back, or when parrying and riposting.
- Watch the footwork, and notice how fencers try to maintain distance in order to either launch an attack with a lunge or to assure their defense if the opponent attacks. (The fencer with the best footwork usually wins.)
- Try to recognize the split second in which the fencer you are watching tries to provoke a counter action or a reaction from the opponent.
- To follow the actions in Foil and Sabre watch the Referee and make note of his hand actions.
- Also watch the small controlled movements of the Fencer’s hands as the tiny movements they make can take years to learn.