I'm hoping to impose a bit on the experienced epee fencers here - I had the good fortune to fence a wonderful epee fencer from out of town who was very quick and had very forceful lunges. I was virtually powerless against them. Because I'm short, I've been learning how to take the blade, but I was beaten to a pulp. Can anyone share some advice for when you're older, and not as fast? Also, how does one defend against an opponent who throws his entire body into the lunge, but can withdraw quickly?