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Foil Basics

Grip
Hand Position
Footwork
Extension/Lunge

Basic Concepts of the Phrase

Right of Way
The Attack
The Advance-Lunge
Parry/Riposte
Remise/Reprise/Redoublement
Preparation

Offense

Simple Attacks
Straight Thrust
Disengagement
Glide
Coupe
Secondary Simple Attacks
Beat
Beat-disengage
Change Beat
Graze
Expulsion
Using Pressure   

Defense

Basic Defense
The Simple Parry
The Riposte
Ceding Parries
Complex Defense
Circular Parry
Counter Attacks
Arrest/Stop Thrust
Disengagement in Time
Inquartata
Passata Sota

When You Can't Score The First Time...

Feints
Feint Direct
Feint-disengage
Feint by Glide
Ripostes with Feints
Counter Disengagement
Feint in Time

Misc. Considerations

Moves
Balestra
Appel
Fleche
Probing Actions
Concepts
Tempo
Countertime

Resources/Further Reading
       

This is a resource intended for the beginner foil student.  This is in no way intended to teach you the fine art of foil fencing; it is merely a reference for those engaged in active study of the discipline, particularly those at SUNY-Oneonta.

Because of this, the site assumes the student has the benefit of some kind of instructor.  Therefore, instead of going into minute detail about angles, precise foot placements, and synoptic tables, I have chosen instead to sketch more of a conceptual framework, to further train your mind as opposed to your body. 

Please make use of, enjoy, and point out any inaccuracies in the following pages.  A bit of a warning, some of the video clips may take a few to many seconds to load (depending on your brower).  This site is optimized in Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher.
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Have fun. 

 

 


A parry 3, of sorts.