Fencing Lefties Part #1: Mind over Matter

It’s absolutely no fluke that Charles Selberg won the first and only gold medal for the USA in the 1970 World Masters Foil Championship. It took Charles years upon years of intense training and preparations to achieve the skills and the instincts to carry him through that tournament and ultimately lead him to victory. Unfortunately for the fencing community, Charles is no longer with us. However, it was his dream to leave behind his knowledge to the next generation of budding fencers, in the hopes that they too could achieve the levels of success that he achieved. In Part #1 of our series of blog posts, we will take our first look at Charles Selbergs popular fencing DVD ‘The Left Handed Fencer’ and learn some of the basics Charles describes in his DVD. Continue reading

Fencing Training: Left Handed Fencers

Charles Selberg with the help of Dean Bodhi Roony look into how to approach a fight with a leftie. A left handed fencer has their own strengths and weaknesses as with any fencer, left handed fencers tend to have certain pre-dispositions that right handed fencers will not often come across. In this DVD we look into why does a leftie pose such a concern to right handed fencers and what ways can you adapt your technique? Continue reading

Fencing Equipment and Techniques against Left Handers

If you are familiar with the sport of fencing, you will know that it is not as simple as two competitors trying to hit each other with a sword. Fencing is a complex sport, with many intricacies and techniques that can often go unnoticed by the less informed. Fencers strive for perfection in their training, focusing on how to best utilise their fencing equipment or how to use the correct footwork and timing. However, without proper guidance even the most experienced fencer can become unnerved at the prospect of facing a left handed opponent.

Finding and mastering the proper techniques to get the edge over your opponent is the ultimate goal of any serious fencer. If you are a right hander, and are faced with a left handed opponent, it is quite easy to second guess your instincts that you have built throughout your career. You are no longer facing the same opponent who moves the same way, or who possesses the same defensive weaknesses as those you have faced before. Both physically and mentally, your left handed opponent has already gained the edge before your fight has even begun.

However, do not despair – Legendary fencer and World Masters Foil Champion Charles Selberg knows that with the correct preparation and training it is possible to overcome even the most powerful left handed opponent. In his DVD’s, available to order from the Selberg Fencing website, Charles demonstrates in depth on how to gain the upper hand through correct footwork, balance, timing and use of distance. He explains correct attacking techniques and the importance of starting On Guard, while squashing the myths related to facing a left handed fencer.

Facing a left handed fencer can be daunting, but with the proper fencing equipment, training and preparation, you will be able to go into your next competition with nothing standing between you and success. To find out more about Charles Selberg’s techniques for facing left handers, or to order Selberg Fencing DVD’s, simply visit their website or drop them an email today!

Fencing Equipment: Sword Training

Once commonly looked upon as the ultimate gentleman’s sport, fencing is becoming more popular as a past time for children and adults alike, providing a great activity to help keep fit and active whilst also improving your hand to eye co-ordination. Whilst ensuring you have the correct fencing equipment is important, it is worthwhile to look at training materials to support your learning. Here at Selberg Fencing we supply a selection of DVD’s to help you with your training at the same times as offering online videos, tips and advice from fencing legend Charles A. Selberg.

Holding the Sword

The first step to becoming a fencer is to master the technique of correctly holding your sword, which you will find in your training DVD. The key to fencing is all about wrist movement, so you need to ensure you don’t grip the sword too tightly as this will restrict your range of movement. Another element that is vitally important in this sport is balance, so you should hold your sword with just two or three fingers; if you grip with the whole fist, you will set yourself off balance when you begin to attack.


As the majority of your sword movement should be with your wrist, your arm should move very little. By doing this, you will give yourself more accuracy in your movements therefore providing you with a step up on your opponent. By also bringing your arm close to your body, you will restrain it and be forced to use your wrist for movement and if there is nothing away from your body, you will limit the targets for your opponent.

We are proud to have a member of the first and only U.S foil fencing team to win a gold medal in the World Masters Foil Championship in Charles A. Selberg as he is well informed and can offer comprehensive advice and guidance on choosing the right fencing equipment. If this is something that interests you, feel free to browse through our website to see the range of training materials we have on offer.

How to Use Fencing Equipment

If you are keen to get into the sport of fencing, you will most likely have undertaken research to ensure that the right fencing equipment is chosen, but the difference between owning the right equipment and getting to grips with the sport as whole are two entirely different things. If you are seeking expert advice on how to use your fencing equipment with skill and precision, there is no better person to turn to than Charles Selberg. With thirty years’ experience in training both recreational and competitive fencers, you can rest assured that his training materials supplied by the team here at Selberg Fencing are the most comprehensive in the industry.

Once you are familiar with the equipment necessary to successfully take part in fencing such as the foil, sabre and épée, it’s time to turn your attention to the way in which you can skilfully use your equipment to defeat your opponent. Start this process by taking advantage of a training DVD expertly supplied by our knowledgeable team.

We offer an array of training DVDs that take you through the history of fencing to give you unprecedented background knowledge of the evolution of the modern sport as well as in depth demonstrations of how to use your equipment safely and proficiently.

Whether you are looking to further your existing fencing skills in order to start competing for the first time, or you have recently made the decision to fence recreationally, we guarantee you our vast range of training materials are suitable for fencing enthusiasts of every level.

Charles Selberg is a true expert in the field, providing unique insights into not only the aesthetic elements of fencing but also the psychological aspects of the sport to give you a holistic understanding of how to use your fencing equipment as well as deep awareness of your opponent.

To truly get the most out of your fencing equipment, we strongly recommend you take advantage of the high quality training materials available from the specialist team here at Selberg Fencing. To start your journey towards enhancing your fencing skills, simply search our website today.