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Foil Attack Training Videos

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Beat attacks are useful in Epee, Foil and Saber.
The hard beat depends upon speed and surprise for its success so must be executed from relatively close. The soft beat/disengage depends upon deception for its success so can be executed more slowly or from farther away.

The hard beat makes the soft beat/disengage work better. The soft beat/disengage makes the hard beat work better. Use them in combination.

beat attack

Up and Down Timed Double Beat

Most effective in epee where there is no 'right of way' rules to protect a correctly formed attack. Moderately effective in foil. Very risky in saber.

up down double beat

'U' Disengage

Disengages are by far the most effective of the attacks. Generally a disengage whether U or Checkmark will be preceeded by a feint. The idea is to trick the opponent into parrying a location that your blade will not be in and also open another part of his target to your real attack.

'U' Disengages are more effective against a less experienced opponent than a Checkmark disengage will be.

u disengage

Check Mark Disengage

check mark disengage

Double Disengage

double disengage

Double Feint Double Disengage

Do not pause after the first thrust feint. Instead move immediately through the first sloppy disengage. This is the double feint. The key is to deceive the opponent by showing them what they expect to see.

double feint double disengage

7 + 8 = 6

A vertical disengage attack preceeded by a double horizontal feint.

7 + 8 = 6

Cutover (coupe)

Traditionally the arm shouldn't bend during the execution of the cutover, the bend coming just in the wrist. However, current referee implementation of the rules generally allows for some arm bend.


Flying Parry

flying parry

Mezzo Cerchio

mezzo cerchio

Jupiter's Fist


Hiding the Blade

Keep your blade out of the 'easy parry' zone.

hiding the blade

Tic Toc Clock

Dancing with your partner. Creating a rhythm that can be changed to deceive.

tic toc clock

Scorpion's Tail

An approximation of a flick attack that does not require the hand strength or precision an actual flick requires.

scorpions tail

Second Intention

A pre-planned two stage attack. The first attack must appear real but is not. Maybe it is a little short. The goal is to get the opponent to respond to the first attack in such a way that the second and intended attack has a greater chance of success.

second intention

Second Intention with Ceding Parry

A pre-planned two stage attack. The first attack must appear real but is not. Maybe it is a little short. Allow the opponent to take your blade and as they begin their riposte pull back your arm while taking back control over the opponent's blade.

second intention with ceding parry complete

Feint Straight Attack, Straight Attack

A feint (fake) straight attack followed immediately by the real straight attack.

feint straight attack complete

Target Progression

A feint attack to the bell guard to open the hand to a hit. Followed by a counter disengage and taking of the blade once the opponent attempts to avoid the hand hit. Finally followed by a low/high attack to avoid the opponent's low parry.

target progression complete

Offensive Retreat: Asking for a Beating

asking for a beating complete

Offensives Retreat: Invitation to Attack

invitation to attack complete

Offensive Retreat: Counter Attack and Run

counter attack and run complete

Point in Line

Technically not at an attack but instead the most pure form of defense, a sword pointed at the heart of your attacker. PIL is not often seen in epee where right of way is not part of the game. It is seen in foil and saber.

Point in Line must be established before the other fencer has begun his/her attack. It requires the arm and sword to form a straight line from the shoulder to the attacker's upper target. While in PIL the fencer is allowed to move her blade to avoid the attacker's attempts to beat the blade (this action is called 'derobement') but in moving the blade, the arm cannot bend nor the foil tip leave the upper target.

point in line


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