Starting from the middle of the XVII century, when the French shortened their epee, fencing with stabbing weapons began to progress rapidly in a variety of techniques, dexterity and speed of their application. From that moment, a sharp divergence of the French school (more progressive) and Italian (more conservative) begins. These discrepancies reached their peak by the end of the 19th century.
In France, from the second half of the 18th century, fencing has made rapid significant progress, clearly ahead of Italy. In 1736, the Frenchman Girard introduced the 8th and last defense, almost two centuries later than the 7th. In 1755, in the French Encyclopedia, the article “fencing” first talked about the need to introduce a fencing mask to prevent accidents. But 10 years passed before fencing masks were finally introduced. Continue reading
Do you think the musketeers now live only in books, and the pirates only saber in the Pirates of the Caribbean? I assure you, the romance of a cloak and a sword is now inherent not only to naive dreamers. Perhaps in your childhood you played Zorro, a noble masked avenger? Or dreamed of defeating a dozen enemies alone? Or, perhaps, you wanted, to show off in front of a beautiful lady, to let go of your rivals, to win a duel? If you answered “yes” to at least one question, welcome to the world of art fencing. Continue reading
When talking about fencing, swords and rapiers, most imagine the times of magnificent balls and daring duels. And only a few associate this word with modern sport. Why is it worth doing fencing, and what will give lessons in this ancient sports art.
Explain why it is worth doing fencing, in words is quite difficult. To understand this sport, it is necessary to achieve certain results in technology and tactics, because this fight is not only physical, but also intellectual.
In many sports clubs, fencing is now a special kind of fitness, which helps to keep fit, develop coordination of movements and speed of reaction. Continue reading
The Soviet Olympic champion in fencing died from a rapier shot in the eye. After his death, organs were stolen
Fencing is the most romantic sport reminiscent of the times of musketeers and dueling with swords. Now there is not much left of the fleur of Paris and D’Artagnan, and PR specialists in international federations are constantly thinking how to change this. Of course, masks prevent people from being associated with superheroes. The mesh surface closes the eyes of the rivals, and because of this creates the impression of a fake battle.
How can one enjoy a beauty and a cup, a happy blade when you have special armor? Surely advertisers and television several times approached the judges and the technical committee and asked to soften the protection of the masks – to make them transparent, to loosen security controls for the sake of an attractive picture and new revenues. And probably every time they heard: “Have you forgotten about Smirnov?” Continue reading
Fencing in Tajikistan is developing rapidly: there are good athletes not only in the capital of the republic, but also in other cities. Sputnik Tajikistan spoke with Secretary General of the Fencing Federation of the Republic of Tajikistan Khisrav Nasimov on how athletes train and what awaits them in the new season.
– You and your brother are in charge of the Marseille club, representing the Dushanbe-1 team. Is it exclusively business for you?
– Of course, for me it is not only business. First of all, we try to provide the conditions for classes to everyone and to educate good athletes. When we opened the club, we didn’t really think about profit, but here, of course, it was important to take into account the peculiarities of the business and soberly assess the market. Continue reading