I am retired and a former epee fencer at CCNY Varsity and USFA. I have achieved the rank of A and have competed in National tournament.
I have been a fencer since college. I was on the Varsity Fencing team and later fenced in the AFLA. I have some successes and one year, our club the NYTV won third place in the Nationals tournament Of Epee. Lately, I started thinking about how to improve the skills needed to be a better fencer. Here is a simple idea that anyone can make from commonly available parts.
- Apr. 2017
One of the skills that is crucial to be a good fencer is point control. It is imperative for foil and epee but can be helpful in sabre as well. The accuracy and proper distance comes into play. A beginner fencer needs to practice this simple move. He or she needs to be able to have eye hand and feet coordination such that he can hit a fixed target.
In fencing clubs, you will find an assortment of dummy targets that are live size. These are great for body and head touches. It is desirable to be able to hit a smaller target such as the wrist or forearm or even the toe In epee.
I have come up with a simple, portable target that can be used anywhere. It can be made cheaply from ordinary items.
How To Make It?
Here are the parts you will need:
- a large sized steel clamp spring loaded
- a soft padded toy ball 4 inches diameter
- duck tape
Total cost is less than $10. The beauty is, it is portable and adjustible. Take it anywhere and practice as long as there is a pn open door.
How To Use?
Attach the target clamp to any open door. Adjust the height so it is approximately level with your extended hand. Stand in front of this door and practice lunge and hit the target. Repeat 100 times every day and you will become an expert at point control.
For an advanced practice move, take a step back and do a balestra lunge and hit the small target.
Next, perform a disengage of the blade, while lunge and hit.
A Simple Target for Outdoors
Here is a setup I came up with outside near a tree. I use a pitch fork planted at an angle. I also painted a target on the bark of the tree. This will allow the fencer to practice some point control in addition to simple disengages and beats.
I hope this simple technique can help all fencers. Remember, practice makes perfect.
© 2017 Jack Lee