Fencer's Start-up: Beginner's Guide to Traditional and Sport Fencing (Start-Up Sports) Paperback – 1 Jun 1997
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Examines the fundamentals of fencing, including technique, equipment, safety, and etiquette.
Top Customer Reviews
Why the section on "Sport Fencing" - which is in essence Steam Sabre, deserves a separate passage is beyond me, and the introduction of simplified language serves only to insult and confuse both current and novice fencers. However, by far the most unnecessary section of the book is the training diary, where Mr. Werner comes across as the sort of person who, if not easily satisfied will become board and restless. Does he not realise that any sport is hard work, and effort must be put in to achieve results?
Buy this book if you want a (very) basic introduction to Fencing, and so long as you don't expect much from the book, you won't be disappointed.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
The author included a short journal of his learning experiences as a fencer. He did manage to be honest throughout the entire journal and that's what makes the second half so good. Not a lot of author's can be totally honest with their readers when they sit down to write even a simple treatise on fencing. The manage to write themselves into a good light as with most short autobiographies but this author didn't.
You all came to this book expecting a serious manual on the art of fencing and I think that is the wrong attitude to approach this book with. Try to think of this book as a tool to get a young person passionate about the sport by showing them how simple a game it is to play. Most of the books on fencing I have read have a stern classical view of fencing, one that keeps it's full people potential chained back by tradition. What I mean is that most of the books I have read do not make fencing look like something that can be done by just anyone. They confine the sport to the rich, the elite or those who already have friends or family fencing. This books was a small attempt to change that by showing people the game without a great deal of tradition. For that it is a book I would want in my library.
For those of you who don't agree with what I have said I say, "Tough."