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 Three Essential Skills of Fencing

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Three skills of fencing

  Fencing is a multi-faceted discipline that gives a fencer a complete body and mind workout.  This is achieved by implementing the three crucial skills of fencing: blade work, footwork and tactics.

Blade work allows a fencer to misled his opponent and reach the target area despite attempts of the opponent to defend themselves. This is probably the most difficult of the crucial skills of fencing to master.  The fencer needs to be strong but also needs coordination and agility to be able to execute parries against their opponent but also move quickly around parries attempted on them.

Footwork this allows the fencer to move into appropriate positions and distances to utilize blade work but to quickly get away from an opponent's attack.  This is the cardio vascular component to the training and it is the most physically demanding of the skills.

Tactics fall under the mental component of the training.  This is the hardest skill for the fencer to learn and it something that they will focus on throughout their competitive career.  Tactics are the strategies and tactics used by fencers to beat their opponent by coordinating blade work and foot work.