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Fencer's Start-up: Beginner's Guide to Traditional and Sport Fencing (Start-Up Sports) Paperback – 1 Jun 1997

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Tracks Publishing,U.S. (1 Jun. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884654088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884654084
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,466,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Synopsis

Examines the fundamentals of fencing, including technique, equipment, safety, and etiquette.

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Format: Paperback
I bought this book recently as a basic introduction to Fencing, however I found it of little use. There are reasonable passages covering Foil, Epee and Sabre, but insufficient detail is included to allow the book to be truly worth while. Too frequently, Mr. Werner trivialises fencing by his use of pseudo-cool language throughout the passages.
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.
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The first part of Mr. Werner's book covers the basics of the three weapons (foil, epee, and saber), and the second half is a autobiographical account of the author's experiences begining to fence. The first half of the book is very light...not explaining footwork, stances, or bladework in enough detail to be truly helpful. The photos used are not very helpful either, even though the use of PVC tubes over the blades to increase visibility in the photos is a good idea. The journal is interesting, but leaves me with little respect for the author. He comes across as whiny and slightly juvenile in his approach to fencing. I would pass this one up.
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FENCER'S START-UP is a light, energetic, easy to read book, full of enthusiasm for fencing. It is well suited to the needs of the beginning fencer whose goal is simply to have a good time. As a fencing master, I recommend this book.
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Fencer's Start-Up is the best introduction book, you can buy, for someone if they have no idea, of what fencing is, or how it is played. It doesn't have the history of traditions of fencing lurking around every page either. Children or teenagers interested in fencing would especially benefit from this book.
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Amazon.com: 3.3 out of 5 stars 12 reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Book- 18 Oct. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Fencer's Start-up is an excellent intro and informative source for the beginning fencer- In all three weapons that it goes over, it covers the parries,footwork, basic defence, attacks, and some strategy. Also, the text is very interesting and easy to understand; you wont feel like youre being dragged tediously throughout the book. I highly recommend this- However, fencers BEYOND their first 6 months would NOT find this book as helpful since by then, they would have mastered the things shown.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Summary of Fencing Techniques 23 Mar. 1999
By Ethan Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The first part of Mr. Werner's book covers the basics of the three weapons (foil, epee, and saber), and the second half is a autobiographical account of the author's experiences begining to fence. The first half of the book is very light...not explaining footwork, stances, or bladework in enough detail to be truly helpful. The photos used are not very helpful either, even though the use of PVC tubes over the blades to increase visibility in the photos is a good idea. The journal is interesting, but leaves me with little respect for the author. He comes across as whiny and slightly juvenile in his approach to fencing. I would pass this one up.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book for the casual fencer. 12 Aug. 1997
By Anita Evangelista - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
FENCER'S START-UP is a light, energetic, easy to read book, full of enthusiasm for fencing. It is well suited to the needs of the beginning fencer whose goal is simply to have a good time. As a fencing master, I recommend this book
25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You All Miss The Point Of This Book... 24 May 2001
By angelo16 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I checked this book out at a local library in Kansas City when I was looking for a book to help learn the basic skills of fencing. When I first read "Fencer's Start-Up: A Beginner's Guide To Traditional And Sport Fencing" I thought I had discovered at least a primer for the on-guard position, parries and basic attacks. Unfortunatly the descriptions of the body mechanics involved for the moves were to shallow for me to make use of them. I started reading the second half of the book and that is when the book redeemed itself.
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."
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars too shallow 6 Nov. 1999
By Nicholas Lemann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Although this book provides an excellent introduction to the sport of fencing, it lacks much detail in terms of various attacks and footwork. The book also seems to concentrate on the sabre area of fencing, usually not a concern for beginners.
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