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Fencing: Techniques of Foil, Epee and Sabre [Hardcover]

Brian Pitman
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24 Oct 1988
This guide to fencing includes over 100 action photographs, demonstration sequences, and line drawings to help the reader put its advice into practice. It introduces the weapons and clarifies the rules governing them, explains the basics of the grip and the on-guard position, covers the strokes used in attack and defense, and explores tactics in depth.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd; 1st Edition 1st Printing edition (24 Oct 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852231521
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852231521
  • Product Dimensions: 25.5 x 19.7 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and practical guide to Fencing. 15 Nov 2003
By rn Leifsson VINE VOICE
Brian Pitmans book is an excellent, down to earth guide to Fencing. He cover the three weapons, Foil, Epee and Saber that are used in Olympic style of fencing.
Some Fencing books are to much concerned with the history of Fencing and often teach old or even outdated styles.
That may of course be interesting in itself but if you want to compete in modern Fencing you need modern, practical down to earth kind of book and this is it.
Also if you just want to Fence for fun this book is great. After all most people who want to Fence do it for the joy of it and not to be historically correct and/or beautiful.
You Fence in order to hit the opponent and prevent him from hitting you, of course good and fun Fencing can be beautiful and even though the traditionalist are always complaining about the look of modern Fencing you can see many examples of top Fencers today who are not only very good but also Fence beautifully.
In his book Brian begins, in part one, with the basic history of fencing, the aim of the game the rules and conventions and some basic warm up exercices, part two is about the Foil and part three and four are about the Epee and the Sabre.
He covers the footwork the attacks and defences and the strategy of the game and the book is full of good advice about, not only how to get a good technique but also how to use it that technique in an efficient manner, in other words how to Fence well.
My version of the book is from 1993 and some of the rules have changed (it changes almost every year) but the rest is still up to date and relevant.
I have not seen a better book about Fencing so far.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book by a nice guy and a fine coach 4 Dec 2002
Brian was my coach for a few years and he was always able to communicate his ideas simply and easily. this has translated beautifully into print. The style is easy to read and, in keeping with a former British National Coach, it is technically and tactically accurate. This book is a permenant legacy from a very nice man and a fine coach.
I recommend it to both beginners and experience fencers.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good guide for beginners 24 Jan 2003
By A Customer
having recently taken up fencing, i needed a book that would help me with the theoretics of fencing. This book did just that. From essential basics like warm up exercises, to explaining the basics of the equipment used to the more advanced things we need to know, this book has everything you need to improve your fencing game. If your with this book, you will get far, if your're without it, you're only half the player you could be!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First class, easy to read and you will learn 10 April 2002
By A Customer
This is a first class book written by a Prof. of the British Academy of Fencing. Text is very easy to follow and unlike some other fencing books does not jump from one subject to another. There are excellent tips for both fencer and coach and due to the clear language the book can be understood by fencers of all ages. A good book to dip into to check a particular subject.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide for all levels 8 May 2000
By A Customer
An excellent introduction to the sport. This was the second book I bought on Fencing after I started and it remains my favourite. It does not assume prior knowledge yet is useful for the intermediate fencer as well as the beginner. Very advanced fencers may not find it all that useful but it remains a book that I reference again and again.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it 1 Mar 2004
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This is a good introduction to the basics of foil, epee and sabre, well set out in a clear and informative fashion.
Highly recommended if you are starting out - although, as with all other fencing books, remember that you cannot learn to fence from a book and need to join a club where they give training to beginners.
This nicely goes beyond the Know the Game book, and wisely avoids baffling the reader with too many advanced moves which, when learned too early, can make a fencer jack of all blows and master of none.
Warmly recommended. For the advanced fencer, I would recommend Lukovich's Electric Foil Fencing, which, despite being a tough read, takes the competitive fencer a great deal further.
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