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Fleche.The use of the fleche has more to do with timing than with distance,
and is generally used from about the same distance as a lunge. The difference lies in how one gets the body in its "over
the front foot" position. The reason for this move is not to gain more distance, but to have an attack off the front
foot as a timing device. In order to attack with a lunge, one must
be in an On Guard position. This means during an advance, one cannot attack by lunging (there are windows of opportunity
which cannot be acted on by a lunge during the advance). The fleche from the half-advance allows for an attack to be made
during (that is, interrupting) the advance. Half-way through a normal advance,
the body should already be shifting forward with the landing of the front foot.If the opportunity to strike presents itself at
this point (half-way through the advance), the front foot is quickly pulled backas a priming foot move (even as far back as the rear foot) with the front leg
bent hard and the fleche is executed "mid-advance" in terms of timing.The timing fleche can also be made from a short lunge (the lunge is deliberately made
short as both a timing and distance measure, momentarily freezing the opponent, or at least confusing their sense of timing).
Beginning it in the middle of a passe-avant (cross over ) is also a possibility.from: The Big Book of Fencing, by Rudy Volkmann
Accelerated attack. Fencers
establish and maintain advance lunge distance. Fencer A leads the distance. Fencer B occasionally makes a distance error failing
to retreat quickly and the beginning of fencer A's advance. When fencer A perceives this mistake he or she accelerates the
back foot to finish the advance and lunge. The key here is that A must perceive the distance changing at the very beginning
of the step.
Accelerated attack can be accomplished passively or actively. Active implies that the fencer
makes his or her own opportunity.
A, advances quickly then relaxes and begins a slow step forward.
Fencer B, retreated with the first step but is a little slow with relaxed slow step.
Fencer A, has just created an accelerated
After that you can introduce a new hand action‑let's say feint deceive.
In Epee, point penetration to the target is of utmost importuns,there by increasing
the defending opponents time constrains to find Tempo for counter time.
Beat Attack While there are no hard, fast rules on this, the beat with advance (in an Advance Lunge) should
be made with or near the landing of the front foot, while the extension should be complete when the rear foot lands. Even
in a Ballestra, the attacker should make every effort to establish the extension before the actual lunge. The reason the beat
should be done with the fingers is so as not to interfere with the extension, which should be independent of the beat. That
is, theoretically the beat can precede the extension, or occur any time during the extension.
In Foil and Sabre fencing it is important to note that
the later the beat occurs during an extension the more one risks having the referee call the meeting of the blades
the opponent's parry instead of the attacker's beat. In order to establish Priority, the extension should begin immediately
after the beat, if the extension hasn't already begun. The extension, as in all Priority situations, needn't be particularly
quick, (in fact, changes of tempo are the marks of a good fencer)---but it does have to begin immediately. In Epee the sense
of Priority is in the mind of the fencers (or coaches) not in the mind of the referee. An Epeeist Priority is on
the weapon he senses that will HIT a target first (a valued touch, "touché"). from: The Big Book of Fencing, by Rudy Volkmann. Paraphrasing by Coach Gerry Duran