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Fencing - Steps to Success

Written by Elain Cheris.

The material is copyright 2002 by Human Kinetics.  No repoduction of this is allowed without permission.

​One of the most recognized fencing figures in the United States, author Elaine Cheris shares her expertise as both a fencer and instructor. 

Fencing Steps to Success Book by Elaine Cheris

Mobility and the ‘fake out’

The importance of ‘fluid mobility’ and the role of the 'fake out' in epee fencing. Henry and Naomi demonstrate this in a competitive environment. 

A tool to help with Fencing Drills at home

We have taken all the at-home drills from Elaine Cheris' book " Fencing - Steps to success",  summarized them and added them in a spreadsheet. You can download and print the spreadsheet so you can check off when you complete the drills over a 2 week period.  Page reference numbers are given to help you understand the full details of the drill.

Fencing Advance

An advance is a step forward from an onguard position in the direction of your opponent.  See these simple Steps to Success from this Book by Elaine Cheris.

Fencing Retreat

The retreat is needed to maintain correct distance from your opponent or to get your opponent to come forward, creating opportunties for you to score.  S

ee how it is done....

See the Fencing Bounce in action

Here you can see how Seamus Millete uses the bounce to go back and forward as he works through his strategy to beat his opponent.

Fencing Bounce

The bounce is simply a slight spring done by the feet and arches with a minimum amount of movement in the knees.  See how to bounce forward and backward to add some deceptive maneuvers to your fencing!!

Fencing Lunge

The lunge is just a long step with the front foot.  The rear leg is the power for the lunge.  A good moment to use the lunge for the straight attach is when the opponent picks up his front foot to move forward.

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