Fencing Sabre: A Practical Training Guide for Coaches, Parents and Young Athletes


Fencing Sabre: A Practical Training Guide for Coaches, Parents and Young AthletesAfter the American Fencers success in the 2008 Summer Olympics, fencing has grown in popularity. Finally, there’s a complete book- from the history of fencing, to technique, injury prevention, and sports psychology- for the purpose of training young athletes. The general information applies to all weapons, with emphasis on Sabre. The book is for parents, coaches and fencers.

You will discover:

How to develop a program.
Learning styles of children.
How to achieve fencing fitness.
Sabre techniques from basic to elite competitive level.
How to remain calm, yet alert when competing.
Numerous games for quick decision-making, agility and speed.
How fencing is challenging mentally, physically, and it’s fun!

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I just got the book. It’s great, one of the best books on teaching fencing I’ve read. It’s along the lines of the “Big book of Fencing” with way better pictures. Now if they created a DVD version? First, your book is great. It’s one of the best books I’ve read on teaching fencing period. Why? Because it’s clearly written. The drills make sense and there is enough pictures of high quality to help all us visual learners. Via Fencing.net big daddy–Senior Member Join Date: Mar 2004
Big Daddy | Senior Member
“Important” and “Comprehensive” are two of the adjectives that came to mind when I read this book. It is a long-overdue comprehensive text for training young fencers. It is written with a sabre emphasis, but only about 30% is weapon-specific. The vast amount of information on the mental, physical, technical, and tactical training of young fencers is just amazing. If you are a coach of any weapon, a fencer who wants a deeper understanding of your sport, or a parent who wants to really know what should be going on in your child’s fencing program, get this book.”
Cole Harkness, Maitre d’Armes

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Last June at the USFCA Coaching Clinic in San Francisco I learned from Connie Louie that she and Rob Handelman were planning to publish a book on Saber fencing available for sale in the Fall. The release took a little longer than planned but I thought it is worth mentioning that the book is finally available.

36 years ago, when I started fencing, the English language books available on Saber were already out of date and in years since, not much has happened to improve the situation. I am really pleased to have this new book, as well as the recently appearing translation of Modern Saber Fencing by Dr. Borysiuk , together they are a real breath of fresh air.

This 303 page book is somewhat of a challenge to characterize, because beyond it’s stated purpose of training youth fencers and particularly in modern saber technique which it covers very well, much of the information presented is will be useful anyone who wants to coach, or coach better, regardless of the age group or weapon. The book includes sections on starting a club or program, child development, safety, injuries and their prevention, fitness, diet, games, footwork and drills, technique, group and individual lessons, competitive training, tactics, parents, mental training. The organization of the materials is logical and clearly presented. I counted at least 87 drills with variations set out in detail with breaks to discuss goals and motivations for the exercise.

Finally as a part of the Coaching Clinic, I had the chance to work first hand with Rob Handelman and Connie Louie’s 6 to 10 year old saber students, which was a delightful and eye-opening experience. Here was a group of kids that were clearly enjoying themselves and already among them a surprising number who were demonstrating remarkable progress in their fencing abilities.

the ancient one  – Senior Member
Join Date: May 2007
Location: SF bay area

February 2010

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