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Fail, To Learn

foil blade

foil blade

Tony suggested to me to enjoy being hit, so I could focus on thinking thru the blade actions.  Every time he asked me what happen in an action, I could not say, as my mind was stressed on protecting myself from being hit. 

What I needed to learn is to have control of the blade and to feel thru the blade what the opponent is doing in order to develop my moves.  That awareness, plus a ready mind to apply the right speed and action would make me a better fencer.  So let the opponent hit (fail), and focus on control and awareness, and learn.  As I watch the more experienced folks, their actions are more crisp, not out to score a hit or avoid being hit.  They spend their time on thinking thru the actions, faints, deceives, parries, ripostes…  I see this mode of learning more with foil than sabre.

Copyright (c) 2008 by Waiming Mok


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