Classes are cooking along at Academie Duello this week. One thing I have been excited about in Vancouver is the increasing number of women in our programs. We have always had a good ratio of men and women but in last night’s Green Cord portion of class we had 12 students and only 2 of them were men. That’s pretty excellent and I’m glad to see such a strong contingent of up and coming women fencers.
This week we look at how to create opportunities to strike the opponent as they attack through avoidance, angle, and attacks that simultaneously defend and counter-attack in one tempo.
Green Cord (Level 1)
This week we are using the cut as a means to escape from positions where the opponent has found or gained your sword. We will explore half cuts, full cuts, and a type of sword displacing action called a ‘beat’.
Blue Cord (Level 2)
This week we are introducing the concepts of the deceptive fight, in particular the use of the ‘feint’. A feint is a false attack designed to draw a predictable reaction from our opponent. In our second class and moving into next week, we look at the properties we bring into our feinting technique to keep ourselves safe while inviting our opponent out of position.