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Using Hungarian Sport Fencing Methodology Coach David Littell & Home Fencing Practice Salle d' Armes

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Using Hungarian Methodology
in
Sport Fencing Practice.
by Coach David Littell,
Definitions.
Learning the system requires an understanding of some terminology. If the coach and the students all understand a common language, communication becomes much easier. You may have your own names for these actions, but I recommend that you adopt these because they are short and crystal clear. Here are the key terms.

Tempo is the now.
Now is the time.
Time is now. 
Now is Tempo.

Accelerated Attack
Fencers are at fencing distance (advance lunge). Fencer A begins to move the front foot (advance) and notices that fencer B does not retreat immediately. Fencer A seeing the distance collapse finishes the advance and lunges. Fencer A is making an accelerated attack.

Hand Tempo
Fencer A responds to a hand cue by fencer B. For example fencer A, and fencer B, are at a lunge distance. Fencer A advances or retreats and fencer B maintains the distance. Fencer A, stops and makes a pass at fencer B's blade. Fencer B, deceives, lunges and hits. Fencer B is responding to the hand tempo.

Taking Over the Attack TOA

Fencers are at fencing distance. Fencer A makes an attack and fencer B retreats out of distance. As fencer A recovers, fencer B makes an attack with an advance lunge. Fencer B is taking over the attack.

 

Fencer A     Fencer B

Foot Tempo

Fencers are at fencing distance (advance lunge).

Fencer B, begins to move the front foot forward (begins an advance) and

fencer A lunges, with the goal of hitting fencer B, before fencer B's front foot hits the floor (Tempo). Fencer A is making a foot‑tempo action.
This type of attack is within the realm of "partially foreseen" and "foreseen". If the attacker waits for the movement of his opponents front foot, to queue his attack . The attackers response time, may not permit a timely attack (Tempo). 

Fencer A                   Fencer B

   
   

Feint Deceive in Hand Tempo.Try a hand tempo action from an extension distance. Fencer A advances or retreats and fencer B maintains the extension distance. Fencer A stops and makes a larger opening in a line (an invitation). Fencer B begins to extend to the open line and deceives Fencer A’s attempt to parry and hits. Now try the same hand tempo action from a lunge or an advance lunge distance.  
Feint Deceive in the three moments to go from
advance lunge distance.

1.  Fencer A leads movement and B follows. When Fencer A makes a bigger opening (invitation)  at the beginning of the advance, Fencer B executes a feint in tempo (feint deceive in foot tempo).

 

2.  Fencer A leads movement and B follows. Occasionally B fails to retreat fast enough when Fencer A begins an advance. Fencer A begins an accelerated attack  with the feint deceive.  

 

3.  Fencer A leads movement and B follows. Occasionally Fencer A lunges and fencer B retreats out of distance. Fencer B takes over the attack with feint deceive.

 

Every drill, practice or lesson requires practice of the three moments to go, the fencers that work with this practice can do any of the three moments to go when they see the opportunity (passive) or can set up an opportunity (active). Always keep the Basics and Fundamental Truths of Sport Fencing in your practice.> Be always mentally, physically Balanced ready for action, this is the essence of On-Guard and Sport Fencing.> Lead your attacks with the point.> Motivate your opponent to assist you in scoring, with your hit.  Finally don't underestimate persistence. If you advance a number of times down the strip you will often end up with an opportunity. Be sure to go forward with balance and be ready to go as soon as the distance feels right.
ATTENTION….ATTENTION….ATTENTION 

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