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36 years ago, when I started fencing, the English language books available on Saber were already out of date and in years since, not much has happened to improve the situation.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