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FOIL AND EPEE FENCING
ideomotor training, visualisation, imaginary training, target practice
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You should focus your attention on the signal of a training device and start execution as soon as possible. Please use correct techniques, position of the beginning of the exercise and fix the final position. You should try to hit the the middle of the marked target.
Program 1.
Training of simple motor reaction

Training device: Ring – initial position and the end of the exercise.  High tone signal – execute.
The simulator will model for you the situation in a fencing bout or during an individual lesson, when you need to respond to an action of your opponent (coach) with a simple conditioned premeditative action.

Exercise 1.
Imagine that you want to execute a direct attack on the preparation of your opponent.
Initial position: Middle distance (lunge distance), enguard position. You are constantly moving with one step forward – one step backwards.
With the signal execute a direct attack with lunge.

Exercise 2.
Imagine that you want to perform a quarte parry and riposte against the direct attack of your opponent to the inside sector.
Initial position: Close distance (direct hit distance), enguard position. You are bouncing on both feet.
With the signal perform one jump backwards, execute a direct parry quarte and the riposte with a lunge.

Exercise 3.
Imagine that you want to perform a circular six parry and riposte against the direct attack of your opponent to the inside sector.
Initial position: Close distance (direct hit distance), enguard position.
With the signal perform one step back, execute a circular parry sixth and riposte with a lunge.

Program 2.
Training of simple motor reaction with distraction

Training device: Ring – initial position and the end of the exercise.  High tone signal – execute.  Double signal – ignore.
The simulator will model for you the situation in a fencing bout or during the individual lesson, when you need to respond to an action of your opponent (coach) with a simple conditioned premeditative action, but you should ignore his false actions.

Exercise 1.
Imagine that you want to execute a direct attack on the opponent who will move his weapon into low position. But you will not react to any other movements of his weapon.
Initial position: Middle distance (lunge distance), enguard position.
With the high tone signal perform direct attack with the lunge. Do not react to the double signal.

Exercise 2.
Imagine that you want to perform a parry and riposte against the direct attack of your opponent to the inside sector. But you will not react to his false attacks.
Initial position: Middle distance (lunge distance), enguard position. You are constantly moving with one step forward – one step backwards.
With the high tone signal perform one step backwards, execute a direct parry quarte and riposte with a lunge, next time a circular parry six and riposte with a lunge. Do not react to the double signal.

Exercise 3.
Imagine that you are planning a premeditative response attack. But you will not react to the opponent’s short approaches.
Initial position: Middle distance (lunge distance), enguard position.
With the high tone signal perform one active step backwards and execute the respond attack with a step forward and a lunge. Do not react to the double signal.

Program 3.
Training of the “choice reaction”

Training device: Ring – initial position, end of the exercise.  High tone signal – execute action “A”. Low tone signal – execute action “B”.
The simulator will model for you the situation in a fencing bout or during the individual lesson, when you need to choose between two alternative actions. For example, an attack to the opening sector (inside or outside) or a parry six and quarte.

Exercise 1.
Imagine that you want to execute an attack to the opponent’s opening sector.
Initial position: Middle distance (lunge distance), enguard position.
With the high tone signal execute a direct attack with the lunge to the inside sector of the target. With the low tone signal execute a direct attack with the lunge to the outside sector of the target.

Exercise 2.
Imagine that you are expecting a direct attack from your opponent but are not sure if it will be to the inside sector or outside sector.
Initial position: Close distance (direct hit distance), enguard position. You are constantly moving with one step forward – one step backwards.
With the low tone signal execute a direct parry six with a step back and riposte with a lunge. With the high tone signal - a direct parry quarte with step back and riposte with a lunge.

Exercise 3.
Imagine that you want to execute a parry riposte or attack on the preparation against the opponent who arbitrarily alternates direct attacks and short preparative approaches.
Initial position: Middle distance (lunge distance), enguard position.
With the low tone signal execute a circular parry six with a step back and riposte with a step forward lunge. With the high tone signal – execute a direct attack with lunge.

Program 4.
Training of the choice reaction with distraction

Exercise 1.
Imagine that you want to execute an attack to the opponent’s opening sector.  But you will not react to the opponent’s approaches.
Initial position: Close distance, enguard position.
With the high tone signal execute a direct hit to the inside sector of the target. With the low tone signal execute a direct hit to the outside sector of the target. Do not react to the double signal.

Exercise 2.
Imagine that you want to execute a circular parry and riposte against the opponent who is arbitrarily alternating attacks to the inside and outside sectors, but masking his intention with false attacks.
Initial position: Close distance (direct hit distance), enguard position. You are constantly moving with one step forward – one step backwards.
With the low tone signal execute circular parry six with step back and riposte with a lunge. With the high tone signal execute a circular parry quarte with step back and riposte with a lunge.  Do not react to the double signal.

Exercise 3.
Imagine that you want to execute a beat attack on the preparation of your opponent but you are not sure about the position of his blade. Besides that, your opponent is masking his intentions with false approaches.
Initial position: Middle distance (lunge distance), eight position.
With the low tone signal execute an attack on the preparation – beat quarte and direct hit with a lunge. With the high tone signal execute an attack on the preparation – beat six and direct hit with the lunge. Do not react to the double signal.

Training device: Ring – initial position and the end of the exercise.  High tone signal – execute action “A”. Low tone signal – execute action “B”. Double signal – ignore.
The simulator will model for you the situation in a fencing bout or during an individual lesson, when you need to choose between two alternative actions.
At the same time you should ignore the false actions of your opponent.

Program 5.
Training of the switching reaction

Exercise 1.
Imagine that during your attack you will see the correct counter attack of your opponent and will switch to a parry riposte.
Initial position:  Long distance (step lunge distance), enguard position.
With the high tone signal execute a direct attack with the step forward lunge.  If during the execution of the attack you hear the low tone signal – switch to the quarte parry and riposte.

Exercise 2.
Imagine that during your attack to the inside sector you will see the early parry quarte of your opponent and will switch to the outside sector.
Initial position:  Long distance (step lunge distance), enguard position.
With the high tone signal execute a direct attack with the step forward lunge to the inside sector of the target.  If during the execution of the attack you hear the low tone signal – switch to the hit to the outside sector.

Training device: Ring – initial position and the end of the exercise.  High tone signal – execute action. Low tone signal – switch from the action “A” to the action “B”.
The simulator will model for you the situation in a fencing bout or during an individual lesson, when you need to switch from one action to another.
For example to change from one sector to another during the execution of the attack, parry the correct counter attack of your opponent, or switch to a counter riposte.

Exercise 3.
Imagine that your opponent disengages your parry and you need to switch to another one.
Initial position:  Close distance, enguard position.
With the high tone signal execute a quarte parry with a step back and riposte with a lunge. If during the execution of the parry you hear the low tone signal – execute one more step back, a six parry, and riposte with the step lunge.

Program 6.
Training of the switching reaction with destruction

Exercise 1.
Imagine that during your attack you will see the correct counter attack of your opponent and will switch to a parry riposte. At the same time you should ignore the false actions of your opponent.
Initial position:  Long distance (step lunge distance), enguard position.
With the high tone signal execute a direct attack with a step forward lunge.  If during the execution of the attack you hear the low tone signal – switch to the circular six parry and riposte. Do not react to the double signal.

Training device: Ring – initial position and the end of the exercise.  High tone signal – execute action. Low tone signal – switch from the action “A” to the action “B”. Double signal – ignore.
The simulator will model for you the situation in a fencing bout or during an individual lesson, when you need to switch from one action to another. At the same time you should ignore the false actions of your opponent.

Exercise 2.
Imagine that during your attack to the outside sector you will see the early parry six of your opponent and will switch to the inside sector. At the same time you should ignore the false actions of your opponent.
Initial position:  Long distance (step lunge distance), enguard position.
With the high tone signal execute a direct attack with the step forward lunge to the outside sector of the target.  If during the execution of the attack you hear the low tone signal – switch to the hit to the inside sector.

Exercise 3.
Imagine that your opponent disengages your parry and you need to switch to another one. Do not react to the double signal.
Initial position:  Close distance, eight position.
With the high tone signal execute a parry six with a step back and riposte with a lunge. If during the execution of the parry you hear the low tone signal – execute one more step back, a circular parry six, and riposte with the step lunge.

Program 7.
Training of anticipation of the distance

Exercise 1.
Initial position: Close distance (direct hit distance), enguard position.
With the high tone signal start a series of steps backwards, with the low tone signal attack with a series of steps forward and lunge.

The training device will specialize your perception of the distance and timing for fencing. The simulator will model for you the situation in a fencing bout or during an individual lesson, when you need to prolong or shorten your attack or to change the moment when you need to start execution of a particular action.  This training mode will help to improve your footwork combinations and coordination.
Exercise 2.
Initial position: Distance of 9 meters to target (line of the beginning on the fencing piste), enguard position.
With the high tone signal start a series of steps forwards, with the low tone signal attack with a series of steps forward and lunge.

Exercise 3.
Initial position: Close distance (direct hit distance), eight position.
With high tone signal begin movement by steps backwards. With the low tone signal perform a parry six with the step backwards and riposte with the footwork according to the distance to the target.

Program 8.
Footwork training

Exercise 1.
Initial position: Enguard position. You are bouncing on both feet.
With the high tone signal jump, turn right 180 ° and continue bouncing.   With the low one signal jump, turn left 180 ° and continue bouncing. Do not react to the double signal.

This training mode will help you to train your footwork, it will also specialize your motor relations for fencing as well.
Exercise 2.
Initial position: Enguard position. You are constantly moving with one step forward – one step backwards.
With the high tone signal - step forward lunge and return to initial position. With low tone signal – three fast step backwards and return to the initial position. Do not react to the double signal.

Exercise 3.
Initial position: Enguard position. You are bouncing on both feet.
With the high tone signal - lunge and return to the initial position. With the low tone signal – jump backwards and fleche, then return to initial position. Do not react to the double signal.

EXERCISES FOR SABRE FENCERS
ideomotor training, visualisation, imaginary training, target practice
Program 1.
Training of simple motor reaction

Exercise 1.
Imagine that you want to execute a direct attack on the preparation of your opponent.
Initial position: Middle distance (lunge distance), enguard position. You are constantly moving with one step forward – one step backwards.
With the signal execute a direct attack to the mask with a lunge.

Exercise 2.
Imagine that you want to perform a tierce parry and riposte against the direct attack of your opponent to the right side.
Initial position: Close distance (direct hit distance), enguard position. You are bouncing on both feet.
With the signal perform one jump backwards, execute a parry tierce and the riposte with a lunge to the mask.

Exercise 3.
Imagine that you want to perform a quinte parry and riposte against the direct attack of your opponent to the mask.
Initial position: Close distance (direct hit distance), enguard position.
With the signal perform one step back, execute a quinte parry and riposte with a lunge to the mask.

Training device: Ring – initial position and the end of the exercise.  High tone signal – execute.
The simulator will model for you the situation in a fencing bout or during an individual lesson, when you need to respond to an action of your opponent (coach) with a simple conditioned premeditative action.

Program 2.
Training of simple motor reaction with distraction

Exercise 1.
Imagine that you want to execute a direct attack on the opponent who will move his weapon into low position. But you will not react to any other movements of his weapon.
Initial position: Middle distance (lunge distance), enguard position.
With the high tone signal perform direct attack with the lunge to the mask. Do not react to the double signal.

Exercise 2.
Imagine that you want to perform a parry and riposte against the direct attack of your opponent to the inside sector. But you will not react to his false attacks.
Initial position: Middle distance (lunge distance), enguard position. You are constantly moving with one step forward – one step backwards.
With the high tone signal perform one step backwards, execute a quarte parry and riposte with a lunge to the mask. Do not react to the double signal.

Training device: Ring – initial position and the end of the exercise.  High tone signal – execute.  Double signal – ignore.
The simulator will model for you the situation in a fencing bout or during the individual lesson, when you need to respond to an action of your opponent (coach) with a simple conditioned premeditative action. But you should ignore his false actions.

Exercise 3.
Imagine that you are planning a premeditative response attack. But you will not react to the opponent’s short approaches.
Initial position: Middle distance (lunge distance), enguard position.
With the high tone signal perform one active step backwards and execute the respond attack to the mask with a step forward and a lunge. Do not react to the double signal.

Program 3.
Training of the choice reaction

Exercise 1.
Imagine that you want to execute an attack to the opponent’s opening sector.
Initial position: Middle distance (lunge distance), enguard position.
With the high tone signal execute a direct attack with the lunge to the left side. With the low tone signal execute a direct attack with the lunge to the right side.

Training device: Ring – initial position, end of the exercise.  High tone signal – execute action “A”. Low tone signal – execute action “B”.
The simulator will model for you the situation in a fencing bout or during the individual lesson, when you need to choose between two alternative actions. For example, an attack to the opening sector (inside or outside) or a parry tierce and quarte.

Exercise 2.
Imagine that you are expecting a direct attack from your opponent but are not sure if it will be to the inside sector or outside sector.
Initial position: Close distance (direct hit distance), enguard position. You are constantly moving with one step forward – one step backwards.
With the high tone signal execute a parry tierce with a step back and riposte with a lunge to the mask. With the low tone signal - a parry quarte with step back and riposte with a lunge to the mask.

Exercise 3.  
Imagine that you want to execute a parry riposte or an attack on the preparation against the opponent who arbitrarily alternates direct attacks and short preparative approaches.
Initial position: Middle distance (lunge distance), enguard position.
With the low tone signal execute a parry quinte with a step back and riposte to the mask with a step forward lunge. With the high tone signal – execute a direct attack with lunge to the mask.

Program 4.
Training of the choice reaction with distraction

Exercise 1.
Imagine that you want to execute an attack to the opponent’s opening sector.  But you will not react to the opponent’s approaches.
Initial position: Middle distance (lunge distance), enguarde position. You are constantly moving with one step forward – one step backwards.
With the high tone signal execute a direct attack with the lunge to the left side. With the low tone signal execute a direct attack with the lunge to the right side. Do not react to the double signal.

Training device: Ring – initial position and the end of the exercise.  High tone signal – execute action “A”. Low tone signal – execute action “B”. Double signal – ignore.
The simulator will model for you the situation in a fencing bout or during an individual lesson, when you need to choose between two alternative actions.
At the same time you should ignore the false actions of your opponent.

Exercise 2.
Imagine that you want to execute a parry and riposte against the opponent who is arbitrarily alternating attacks to the mask and to inside sector, but masking his intention with false attacks.
Initial position: Close distance (direct hit distance), enguard position. You are constantly moving with one step forward – one step backwards.
With the high tone signal execute parry quinte with step back and riposte with a lunge to the mask. With the low tone signal execute a parry quarte with step back and riposte with a lunge to the mask.  Do not react to the double signal.

Exercise 3.
Imagine that you want to execute beat attack on the preparation of your opponent but you are not sure about the position of his blade. Besides that, opponent is masking his intentions with false approaches.
Initial position: Middle distance (lunge distance), Weapon is in low position.
With the low tone signal execute an attack on the preparation – beat quarte and direct hit with a lunge to the right side. With the high tone signal execute an attack on the preparation – beat tierce and direct hit with the lunge to the left side. Do not react to the double signal.

Program 5.
Training of the switching reaction

Training device: Ring – initial position and the end of the exercise.  High tone signal – execute action. Low tone signal – switch from the action “A” to the action “B”.
The simulator will model for you the situation in a fencing bout or during an individual lesson, when you need to switch from one action to another.
For example to change from one sector to another during the execution of the attack, parry the correct counter attack of your opponent, or switch to a counter riposte.

Exercise 1.
Imagine that during your attack you will see the correct counter attack of your opponent and will switch to a parry riposte.
Initial position:  Long distance (step lunge distance), enguard position.
With the high tone signal execute a direct attack with the step forward lunge to the mask.  If during the execution of the attack you hear the low tone signal – switch to the tierce parry and riposte to the mask.

Exercise 2
Imagine that during your attack to the mask you will see the early parry quinte of your opponent and will switch to a hit to the right side.
Initial position: Long distance (step lunge distance), enguard position.
With the high tone signal execute a direct attack with the step forward lunge to the mask.  If during the execution of the attack you hear the low tone signal – switch to a hit to the right side.

Exercise 3.
Imagine that your opponent disengages your parry and you need to switch to another one.
Initial position:  Close distance (direct hit distance), enguard position.
With the high tone signal execute quarte parry with a step back and riposte with a lunge. If during the execution of the parry you hear the low tone signal – execute one more step back, a tierce parry, and riposte with the step lunge.

Program 6.
Training of the switching reaction with destruction

Exercise 1.
Imagine that during your attack you will see the correct counter attack of your opponent and will switch to a parry riposte. At the same time you should ignore the false actions of your opponent.
Initial position:  Long distance (step lunge distance), enguard position.
With the high tone signal execute a direct attack to the mask with the step forward lunge.  If during the execution of the attack you hear the low tone signal – switch to the parry quinte and riposte to the mask. Do not react to the double signal.

Exercise 2.
Imagine that during your attack to the right side you will see the early parry tierce of your opponent and will switch to a hit to the left side. At the same time you should ignore the false actions of your opponent.
Initial position: Middle distance (lunge distance), enguard position.
With the high tone signal execute a direct attack with step forward lunge to the right side. If during the execution of the attack you hear the low tone signal – switch to the hit to the left side. Do not react to the double signal.

Exercise 3.
Imagine that your opponent disengages your parry and you need to switch to another one. . At the same time you should ignore the false actions of your opponent.
Initial position: Close distance (direct hit distance), enguard position.
With the high tone signal perform one step backwards, execute a parry tierce and riposte with a step forward lunge to the mask. If during the execution of the parry you hear the low tone signal – execute one more step backwards and switch to the quinte parry and riposte to the mask. Do not react to the double signal.

Training device: Ring – initial position and the end of the exercise.  High tone signal – execute action. Low tone signal – switch from the action “A” to the action “B”. Double signal – ignore.
The simulator will model for you the situation in a fencing bout or during an individual lesson, when you need to switch from one action to another. At the same time you should ignore the false actions of your opponent.

 
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