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The Art and Science of Fencing [Paperback]

Nick Evangelista
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1 Sep 1996
Often thought of as an activity just for actors or an elite few, fencing is actually an ideal sport for people of all ages. Fencing develops dexterity, endurance, flexibility, grace, and overall fitness, while also allowing participants the opportunity to hone the mind's problem-solving abilities. It is easily learned and practiced by both young and old, men and women, boys and girls. It has even been molded to fit the needs of the blind and individuals using wheelchairs. This is truly a sport for everyone. The Art and Science of Fencing covers everything from the history of the sport to the specifics of fencing technique, including the psychology of fencing, types of fencing weapons, biographies of great fencers, and information on selecting a fencing school and getting started in the sport. This book is a necessity for everyone who's ever seen an Errol Flynn movie and thought "Hey, that could be me!"

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Contemporary (1 Sep 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570280754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570280757
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 18 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 320,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'd like to take a moment to thank everyone who has purchased a copy of THE ART AND SCIENCE OF FENCING. In just one year, the book has sold out its first edition, and has gone into a second printing, making it one of the best selling fencing books of all time. Again, thank you!

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Nick Evangelista has taught fencing for more than 30 years. He is also the author of The Art and Science of Fencing.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This book has a good range of ideas and views on fencing, but possibly it's more about the authors view and opinions on fencing, rather than how to fence... He has very strong views on some things ie: Anatomical grips. And occasionally starts a Page of the book, whithout actually finishing it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy It 30 Nov 2000
An excellent book, that I would highly recommend to anybody considering taking up this sport, Nick Evangelista has a great way of getting you excited about fencing without realizing. Although the book is more about Nick Evangelistas opinions than listing all possible styles and configurations, but I mostly agree with him so that's OK :^>
Basically just get this book, I don't think you will be dissapionted.
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An easy to read book written with the readers in mind, this book presents a great deal of information in a format that is enjoyable and educational to read. The author's views on many of the vices of the modern fencing world (i.e. pistol grips) is a refreshing bit of honesty and sensibility. I highly recommend this book to any begining fencer or seasoned veteran for a fresh look at one of the greatest arts known to man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to read and use. 28 Mar 1997
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I recommend THE ART AND SCIENCE OF FENCING to all my fencing students. It holds a wealth of information for the beginner and the seasoned competitor. Nick Evangelista has written THE fencing book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Opinionated and reactionary, if well-written 1 Mar 2004
Nick Evangelista has an incisive writing style which is this book's major selling point. It's an enjoyable read, and you feel you've got to know the author quite well by the end.
Unfortunately, this is an opinionated and reactionary book which has less to offer the competitive fencer than most of the other books on the market. Evangelista doesn't like the way fencing has developed into the modern sport, and he's not afraid of saying where he thinks it has gone wrong. He may, of course, be right - but, then, so may the people who disagree with the off-side rule in football. The fact is, that modern fencing is what it is and the clock cannot be turned back, the genie cannot be put back in the bottle, and the old days won't come round again.
If you're a confident, competitive fencer, I think you will enjoy this book, as long as you are able to keep in mind the difference between the way things are and the way Evangelista thinks they should be.
On the other hand, if you are a beginner or a novice, I would advise you to steer clear of it. You can't learn to fence from a book - you need to be in a club, getting training from a coach. Let your coach's opinions shape you in the crucial early months and years - they will, at the very least, be up to date with current rules and techniques.
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