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by Emmanuil Kaidanov,Gil Pezza,Maxwell R. Garret

Anyone who wishes to learn the sport of fencing will find the basic elements necessary to begin in Foil, Saber, and Épée Fencing. The already accomplished fencer will find the answers to methodology and strategies by which to overcome one's opponent in tournament play. The coach and teacher is herein presented with lesson plans by which to chart a student's progress. The administrator is advised of the safety factors and range of liability to consider while incorporating fencing into a sports program.

Three eminent coaches, each with a wide range of international experience, present their methods of teaching, which are compatible for the student choosing to learn the skills necessary in more than one weapon. Excellent photographs and diagrams illustrate the concepts, and an extensive annotated bibliography provides the reader with a wide selection of research materials. Late in the summer of 1993 new rule changes were adopted by the United States Fencing Association. These changes, which go into effect with the start of the 1993–94 fencing season, are included in this manual.

Foil, Saber, and Épée Fencing. also traces the transition of the art of duelling from the combat arena to the sports arena.

Download Foil, Saber, and Épée Fencing: Skills, Safety, Operations, and Responsibilities epub
ISBN: 0271010193
ISBN13: 978-0271010199
Category: Sports
Subcategory: Individual Sports
Author: Emmanuil Kaidanov,Gil Pezza,Maxwell R. Garret
Language: English
Publisher: The Pennsylvania State University Press; Revised & enlarged edition (April 27, 1994)
Pages: 240 pages
ePUB size: 1209 kb
FB2 size: 1250 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 772
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And this book is one of them. (The other is Fencing and the Master, by Laszlo Szabo)
I have read many of the different fencing books on the market, and these two are the only that provide both logical structure and useful content. As one other reviewer has astutely pointed out, the authors have themselves produced many national champions, team champions, and olympic team members.
This book may be a bit pricey, but it is worth the money compared with the other books out there. The old saying holds true: "you get what you pay for."
As an epee fencer, I have to say that the section on epee is very well written. I have noticed that, in many fencing books, the author will only spend a page or two describing epee tactics/technique/theory. Usually, the theory consists of a few rambling paragraphs. Epee is given a much better treatment here. For one thing, the description of epee footwork put into words what I had trying to describe to begining epee fencers for years.
Good photographs too, especially the one of my friend Michael Feldschuh (with an astonished George Kolombotovich in the background) at the begining of the chapter on officiating. Also, the "models" demonstrating fencing actions do not look awkward (as those in other books often do).
In short, if you are a competitor, borrow it. If you want to become a coach, buy it and memorize it.
Vital Beast
This book is a good general overview of the "sport" of fencing (as opposed to the "art" of classical fencing) that any beginner would do well to read. There are many classical fencers out there (myself included) that can find several faults in this work, such as pictures displaying bad fencing form, diagrams showing inefficient parries, etc. This book, however, does not really concentrate on this area of fencing; instead, it covers all of the basics that every sport fencer should know. As a past competitive fencer myself, I would recommend this book to any present or aspiring competitive fencer who desires to attain a broad knowledge of the sport itself, the varying techniques involved, the conventions involved in a fencing tournament, and other assorted general knowledge that every fencer really should know. This book would also be considerably helpful to newer or not-yet-begun fencing clubs (especially college fencing clubs), as it provides not only helpful lesson plans for many of the techniques it covers, but also chapters on officiating, hosting and running fencing tournaments, and legal matters that must be considered by clubs and hosts of tournaments. These chapters in particular can help a club to start off well, keep running smoothly, and avoid later problems (especially legal problems) that all-too-often occur because they were not a consideration in the beginning. All in all, this is a good start-up book for beginning individuals and clubs, and as long as you can ignore many of the (unfortunately) misleading pictures and diagrams, the text is quite accurate and well thought out.
I've always been intrigued by the sport of fencing, and wanting to fill in the gaps of the classical education I always wanted (but never had), this seemed like a logical place to begin. As a novice, I found _Foil, Saber, and Epee Fencing_ a treasure-trove of information - at times, it was almost too much.

I was particularly impressed with the way in which the authors broke down the sport: beginning with a bit of history, the equipment, scoring and rules of fencing are then introduced. In a similar manner, every detail of learning to fence is presented, from how to hold the foil to proper body positioning, to the skills and movements basic to fencing. Photos and diagrams further clarify the proper way to stand, lunge, attack, defend and disengage.

Of course, there is a vast difference between "theory" and "practice" - hence the four stars. While the authors do a remarkable job of illustrating and explaining the art of fencing, it simply isn't the same as being personally instructed by a fencing master. The more "advanced" techniques and strategy included in the book were frankly above my head at this point; one assumes that with time and practice their utility will be better appreciated. The final chapters on officiating and conducting tournaments were similarly of little practical use to me as a novice. Nonetheless, it does serve to bring the lesson full circle from absolute neophyte to master instructing others.

For those seeking an solid and helpful guide in addition to formal instruction, I highly recommend this book. As a stand-alone guide, I wouldn't recommend. Those with previous experience in the sport will undoubtedly find it less useful (unless, of course, advice is sought on coaching or officiating.)
The famous Italian fencer, Aldo Nadi, gave the following advice (paraphrased) to those looking for a fencing master: "Ask him how many national champions and how many Olympic champions he has taught."
The authors of this book have long, distinguished records of training American individual and team champions--something that cannot be said for most other authors of fencing books--especially those who claim connection with "classical" or "traditional" schools.
No book can replace a great master, but this book offers sound background on modern fencing, and provides varied, directed drills that will improve anyone's fencing. It is long on practice, and short on the tiresome, windy opinions one finds in the books of those who do not like contemporary fencing.
Good reference guide, provides many drills. Explains concepts about as well as a book replacement for actual experience, but a good book to have.
A good introduction to fencing, but some sections are presented hapahzardly. Almost every photograph show fencers covering the target area with the off-hand, a crtical no-no.
The saber chapter was the best of the three main section. A nice reference for people picking up the sword, but it falls short as a coaches or fencer's textbook.