Today at Bistro 501, Paul Geraci explained the issues of distance management in foil fencing. During the advance-lunge the foilist much change the line of attack.
The link above takes you to an interesting site that asks the question, “Why are apprenticeships more popular?” At one time, apprenticeships were a respected path for learning a trade. Trade crafts were an excellent way of working oneself into the “middle class” leaving unskilled, day labor behind. These trades were so popular that societies and guilds were formed to educate and protect tradesmen. Cobblers, dressmakers, barrel makers, farriers, steeple jacks, printers and sign makers were all trades one could learn through apprenticeships. Strangely, it was “higher education” that was seen as a luxury often frowned upon. The idea of spending many years in search of a diploma seemed wasteful and odd.
Few people know this, but fencing was one of those trades that was practiced decades ago. The years of apprenticeship took skills that few had, and fencing was taken seriously in post-renaissance Europe. Fencing was, indeed, a life and death matter. Fencing societies and guilds were formed and a maitre d’ armes could make a nice living giving lessons to wealthy clients.
This tradition has evolved through to present day. When a coach or maestro provides a private lesson they are replicating many of the traditions that have followed fencing for centuries. MB
Many people ask if they are too young or too old to learn fencing. “No!” There is something in fencing for everyone. Click on this link below to see this wonderful story. MB
Not a good showing from me here. Jim won the bout 5-2. But losing to a good fencer is never a bad thing, and Jim is an outstanding player. MB