It is a comprehensive guide on training young fencers, from building a youth program, to understanding children’s learning styles, to teaching physical and psychological readiness. The book includes the latest electric sabre techniques, sports medicine, and skills development through drills and games. It contains 72 photos, 17 graphics, 80 drills labeled from beginner to elite level for various sabre actions, footwork with descriptions of each movement and utilization, competitive training tactics (bout analysis and observation skills with training scenarios for competition), and flow charts for clarification. The book also addresses common parents’ questions and ways to support their young fencer.
After two years of their youth program, at the beginning of the 2009-10 fencing season, the authors trained three of the top five Youth-10 sabre fencers in the United States.
Because of how comprehensive the book is, and how well Fencing is written and organized, this is a book that I would recommend to anyone. I personally plan to go back through the drills and techniques sections and pick out parts that might help supplement my training this summer.
American Fencing Magazine
“The footwork and drills are effective. With effort, these drills will help fencers improve their skills and become more confident in their abilities when they challenge higher level fencers in competitions.”
—Ed Korfanty, Maître d’Armes, U.S. National Women's sabre coach, Olympic sabre coach.