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.